Why Community Composting Matters
Composting does the world a world of good.
The average American family produces around 500 pounds of leftover organic material every year. The vast majority of these organics takes a long, fossil fuel-powered trip to the landfill. Methane from these landfills is equal to around 20 percent of the pollution output of coal-fired power plants in the United States. For every four families that compost with Compost Cab, we keep a ton of organics – 2,000 pounds of what most people still consider trash – out of landfills each year. We compost it locally instead. And in doing so, we create hundreds of pounds of new nutrient-rich, fertile, natural soil.
It’s Only Trash if You Treat It Like Trash
But beyond the environmental benefits, we believe there are real and powerful social benefits that accrue to communities that approach composting from a different perspective. It’s not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production. Education. Nutrition. Food security. Job creation. If you believe that local urban agriculture is a fundamental piece of the overarching sustainability puzzle — which we do — then local, community-driven composting is essential.
We’re confident that municipal-scale, industrial-strength composting is coming. We already see it in some of our more progressive cities, and eventually we’ll see it everywhere. And this is a good thing, because all composting is better than landfilling. But if some significant piece of the “waste” stream isn’t captured and put to work in support of urban agriculture, with all of the good it can do, then we will have missed an opportunity. Compost Cab, together with our subscribers and our partners, is building a business around making sure we get this right.