Did you know that, according to the EPA, a whopping twenty percent of the garbage that is thrown into municipal landfills is food waste? Just think about that – and also realize that food waste can actually be used as a resource, rather than lying useless next to broken toys and ancient TV sets. At the Conservancy, we use food waste in our compost program, turning it into vital nutrients for our farms and gardens. Year round, we make collections from several local restaurants and cafes, picking up coffee grounds and food scraps and adding them to the compost bins located in our community gardens. Over the past two years, we have collected over 4,000 gallons of food waste that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. And thanks to that former waste, we have been able to produce thousands of pounds of rich, fertile compost, which we add to our gardens to produce bountiful harvests!
Compost Pick-Up sites include:
We will add more pick-up locations in the future!