Monday, September 9, 2013
Composting then and now
Recycling and compost bins beckon residents to divert waste at the Port of San Francisco. Access to citywide commercial composting is still largely limited in the United States, but we’ve come a long way in recent years. Composting now recovers more than 20 million tons of waste annually, according to the most recent EPA data available.
In a recent report submitted to the EPA, the nonprofit research organization Econservation Institute identified more than 180 commercial and residential food scraps collection programs across the nation, in communities with populations less than 200 on up to ones with more than 600,000.
Composting recovers more than 20 million tons of waste annually, according to the EPA.
Despite these encouraging numbers, recovered organics still amount to less than a third of the material that could be composted – meaning we still have a lot of work to do.