Want to Reduce Food Waste? Think Compost!


Seedling growing in compost

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to reduce your household's food waste? Us too!

Considering we throw away about 40 percent of the food we produce each year, focusing on decreasing personal food waste is a great place to start to help the environment. (And as an added bonus - you'll save money! The average household of four throws away an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 per year in wasted food.)

One way reduce food waste is through composting (here are five more ways to cut food waste)! And if you happen grow your own food, composting offers even more than the opportunity to cut back on waste. Compost's soil building properties bolster plant health in many ways. Adding compost builds soil structure, promotes aeration and drainage, provides vital nutrients and encourages microbial activity.

So, if you want to reduce your food waste, save money and get the most out of home gardening while mitigating your environmental impact, try composting! 

See the Composting Process in Action!


Composting Resources

Starting your own compost system might sound intimidating at first, but it doesn't have to be! Here are resources to familiarize you with setting up and maintaining a compost bin:

What Can I Compost? The Scraps That Make the Cut

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Troubleshooting Your Compost

Who Wants My Compost?

Vermicomposting 101

Cornell University's Home Composting Guide

US Environmental Protection Agency's Guide to Home Composting

If setting up your own bin seems daunting - look into dropping off your compost at one of the many municipal composting drop off sites cropping up across the country. You may be even be able to take a bag of black gold (i.e., compost!) home with you. Many community gardens also accept compost. 

Happy composting!