Composting 101

Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants.

According to the U.S. EPA, compost is created by: combining organic wastes (e.g., yard trimmings, food wastes, manures) in proper ratios into piles, rows, or vessels; adding bulking agents (e.g., wood chips) as necessary to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials; and allowing the finished material to fully stabilize and mature through a curing process.

This process, appropriately called composting, is environmentally preferable to landfilling organic material, according to the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.


Zero Waste, From Dream to Reality in the Philippines

The city of Alaminos is pioneering zero waste in the Philippines. Under a new law, the public and all levels of government share…
PUMA, biodegradable, bring me back program, InCycle, PUMA InCycle collection, Leon Kaye, sustainability, recycling, biodegradable clothing, composting

PUMA Kicks Off Biodegradable Shoe and Clothing Campaign

PUMA announced the upcoming release of a promised fashion line featuring both clothing and shoes that will be completely biodegradable and recyclable.

How a Bucket of Worms Can Raise Office Morale

If employees or coworkers balk at the thought of composting, sell them on the fringe benefits. Launching a composting program is a great…

Compostable Toothbrush Keeps Your Teeth From Biodegrading

Toothbrushes are made up of plastic handles and plastic takes a long time to break down in a landfill. Experts recommend that toothbrushes…

How Baseball Could Usher in a Greener American Future

Major League Baseball broke the color barrier 7 years before The Supreme Court ruled in favor of desegregation. Today, MLB is stepping up…
GM, general motors, coffee, coffee grounds, composting, recycling, waste diversion, Leon Kaye, John Bradburn

GM Sees No Grounds to Throw Coffee Away

GM employees, led by its manager of waste reduction John Bradburn, are doing their part to divert waste from landfill. Watch for coffee…
Mcdonalds, sustainability, composting, food deserts, urban gardening, compost, happy meal toys, fast food

McDonald’s Replaces PlayPlaces With Urban Gardens, Composting Sites

Starting this week, over 20 of McDonald's outdoor PlayPlaces will be replaced with urban gardens and composting facilities.
WikiCells creator Professor David Edwards

Forget Recycling: Here Comes Edible Packaging

Food packaging is a major contributor to the waste stream, and emerging edible packaging pioneers Monosol and WikiCells aim to eliminate this. But…

Video Interview: How Can We Sequester Carbon while Growing More Food?

there is a way to both sequester carbon and grow more food in one fell swoop: composting. Soil is one of the biggest…

Don’t Fear the Compost: A Corporate Zero Waste Implementation Story

By Matt Courtland Zero waste is a movement that aims to eliminate the material that goes into landfills by recycling or composting most items.…

San Francisco Processes 600 Tons of Compost Daily

San Francisco, the gleaming city by the sea that houses the Golden Gate Bridge and unnatural amounts of fog also produces about 600…

Bon Appétit Management Company Reduces GHG Emissions from Food Waste

The Bon Appétit Management Company is the nation’s leading sustainable dining services. They are an onsite restaurant company that provides café and catering services to…
eco set

Target Commercial Shoots Go Eco-Friendly

Target partners with EcoSet, an environmental production company founded as a response to the environmental impact of the film production industry, for commercial…

Survey Shows Most Restaurants Recycle & Consumers Dig It

A survey conducted in March and April 2011 by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with support of Georgia-Pacific Professional was recently released, assessing…

Compostable Utensils Diverted to Landfill After Slow Breakdown

CBS San Francisco reports here that so called compostable utensils are  often filtered out from other compost materials and are instead being diverted…