May 26 2015
It has become common wisdom to compost. People talk about it, municipalities tout it and garden shops push it, especially in the spring when consumers plant flowers and vegetables; but WHY should people compost?
There are many reasons and the Bridge-Gate marketing team assembled Top 10 Reasons to Compost. Below are five great motivations, next time we present five more.
It costs money to have trash removed, especially for restaurants. It’s always great to participate in community events and efforts to be sustainable, but when it saves operators money, composting can be a sound economic move. Trash pickup companies quote fees based on cubic yards. When operators segregate food scraps out of the waste stream, restaurants can use smaller dumpsters. We’ve heard operators saving as much as $150 in reduced garbage hauling fees per month. Saving the planet and saving money at the same time is pretty special.
Compost turns “garbage” into viable nutrients. This waste stream has value for fertilizer and the production of methane gas. One estimate is that if all restaurants composted, we could divert 36 million tons of food waste from landfills annually in the U.S.
Composting plays a critical role to build healthy soil. This is extremely important given that the U.S. loses about 3 tons of topsoil per acre annually. Some scientists estimate we only have 60 years of topsoil left.
Healthy soil is a crucial for water retention. Compost encourages healthy, strong root systems in plants, which in turn holds water in and decreases run off. With so much focus on drought in California, additional efforts to conserve water in this agricultural giant will keep food cost down.
Composting builds diverse life in soil. Plants are most healthy when they have a variety of nutrients to pull from the earth. Healthy plants are less susceptible to damage from pests, weather, and other natural occurrences.
Waste is profit unrealized. Restaurants use many methods to save money. Composting is a great option rather than throw money in the trash.