Do you offer composting at your business and for your employees? It is a great way to reduce your waste and take care of the environment. This Saturday, May 29, is National Learn About Composting Day.
Composting helps conserve natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint. As part of the sustainability pledge, we outline ways a business can reduce its waste as a cost-efficient tool. Every garbage bag your company sends to the landfill means more expenses. Often, businesses are required to pay increasing amounts to have their waste landfilled.
Innovating on processes and products that reduce waste will decrease your environmental impact, cut costs, increase employee engagement, and showcase your organization’s commitment to sustainability.
This is where composting comes in. While it is just one of many solutions to reduce your company’s waste, it can have profound impacts on the environment. About a quarter of all garbage is organic waste, which does not compost in landfills.
Instead of stuffing landfills with waste that cannot be broken down, take the time to reduce your company’s carbon footprint by considering composting.
Now you may be wondering, what exactly is composting and compost? It is controlled decomposition that creates organic material, which can be added to soil to help plants grow. You can use compost to enrich soil for a garden, use it with a seed starting mix, create liquid fertilizer by soaking it in water, or use large pieces as mulch. A mixture of browns (dead leaves, branches, twigs), greens (grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, and coffee grounds), and water is all you need to start your composting journey.
If you decide to start composting at your office, you can add the material to in-door plants, sprinkle it on trees outside, or spread it on your company’s lawn. As part of a team-building exercise, your team can even start their own garden at the office or fill pots with fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers. This is also a great way to get your workforce interested and invested in sustainability practices.
There are several steps to take on your composting journey:
- Collect and store your food scraps. Buy a bin to place next to the trash can in your office or company kitchen. Everyone can then throw their organic waste into the compost bin when they are done eating.
- Choose where to place your compost. If you have an outdoor space, this would be a great area to set up.
- Make the compost mix. When composting it is best to layer your greens and browns. Place the dry browns on the bottom, with the wet greens on top. From there keep layering about an inch thick, browns then greens.
- Wait. It can take anywhere from two to six months for decomposition, depending on the temperature. Make sure to aerate your compost pile over time by rotating or turning it. And if it smells bad, that means it is most likely not decomposing.
If you aren’t quite ready to create your own compost at the office or do not have outdoor space, Recycled City is a great composting service that works with businesses, restaurants, and homes to compost their organic material.
If you are nervous about starting your journey, take the pledge and reach out to us. We are happy to help you get started.