Community Compost: The space between worm bins and anaerobic digesters?

Compost is often considered a panacea for the United States’ tremendous food waste problem. Indeed, composting is a much better option than putting spoiled food in a garbage can destined for a landfill. However there are limitations to the benefits. Home systems don’t scale, while industrial compost may rely on volume to remain cost-competitive. That means we lose the incentive to recover food before it spoils. Community-based compost may offer the best of both worlds combining local home pick-up with the higher volume that comes from engagement with restaurants and grocery store. Through this series underwritten by Inika Small Earth we’ll explore the impact of composting programs at all levels and the opportunities afforded by community-based recovery efforts – including community composting.

Community Compost Thrives in San Diego

Food2Soil, a micro-enterprise founded and supported by NGO Inika Small Earth, exists to "resource the local food web," Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, executive director of…

Is Community Composting an Emerging Economic Opportunity?

Community-based composting could help municipalities cope with the pesky problem of food scraps and yard clippings. TriplePundit spoke with two community composting organizations…

Infographic: Value Recovery

Community scale composting efforts are a perfect partner to industrial scale organics recycling solutions. Both are necessary to craft a comprehensive and resource-wise…

Infographic: Boost to Local Economy

Each ton of organics processed in the community generates $217 in local wages and $70 in local soil. That's a economic return of…

Infographic: Beauty and Efficiency

Attractive and efficient, community scale composting projects, can process 0.22 tons of organic material per sq. ft. These projects can start immediately and…

Building Sustainable Neighborhoods Through Community Composting

Neighborhoods big and small are changing the way Americans look at their waste. But more work is needed to make community composting a…