Composting 101

Many of you may be wondering what exactly composting is? Until a few weeks ago, our NY team was a bit unsure about how to get started and if composting in NYC would even be feasible. Composting is nature’s way of recycling. This process involves the decomposition of organic waste such as food scraps and yard waste. As a small company, we don’t generate a large amount of waste, but we were finding ourselves taking half empty trash bags out because of the odor. Composting not only reduces your trash output but also helps to keep debris out of landfills where they release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Although composting reduces waste, another way to cut down is to be mindful when you go food shopping. Make a list beforehand and steer away from items you don’t need.
 

Getting started:

The first step is to check your local city for composting services. There are over 150 residential food scrap drop off locations in NYC. See the full list here. If there are no composting services offered in your area, you can donate your compost to a local community garden. When transporting your compost to a drop off location, place it in a paper or compostable bag. That way you don’t have to travel around with your bin. 
As we don’t have an outdoor space in our NYC office, we chose to compost with an indoor bin. We purchased this one from Amazon. We opted for this compost bin because of its size (1.3 gallons) and replaceable activated charcoal filter. The charcoal filter is important for an indoor compost bin as it helps to trap and control odors naturally. The filter can be cleaned with soap and water and if cared for will last more than 6 months.

Our first day composting.

Below is an image of some compostable and non-compostable items. A quick and easy tip; if it grows, it goes. 

Composting is easier than you would think and it’s one step closer to helping the environment and reducing overall waste. Once you begin, it will easily become a part of your daily routine.

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