• Diverts materials from landfills and incinerators
  • Allows management of organic materials close to the source
  • Meets local directives for recycling and waste reduction
  • Extends life of regional landfills, avoiding cost and environmental impact of new disposal facilities
  • Helps reduce public and private sector solid waste management costs
  • Builds support for local municipal composting programs
  • Allows local operation and decreases the costs for biowaste management
  • Builds the culture and know-how of composting in the community
  • Keeps resources within the local community
  • Builds healthier local soils
  • Promotes human-scale technology, instead of large capital intensive systems
  • Supports locally-grown, healthy food production, and “closed-loop” systems
  • Creates a rich nutrient-filled soil amendment
  • Enhances soil fertility
  • Improves soil structure, thus reducing stormwater runoff and soil erosion
  • Substitutes for energy-intensive fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides
  • Improves plant growth, and thus carbon sequestration
  • Reduces waste
  • Protects the climate by cutting landfill methane emissions and creating a carbon
    sink in soils
  • Reduces vehicle emissions by decreasing transportation distances between
    material generators and compost producers and users
  • Exposes community members to the concept of source-separation of food scraps
  • Educates children and the general public about composting, how it is done, and
    how it can be incorporated into everyday life
  • Creates advocates and the necessary leadership for changes in policies, laws, and
  • Prepares the next generation for full-scale composting as part of our way of life
  1. Turned windrow composting
  2. Bin systems
  3. Aerated static piles
  4. Passively aerated static piles
  5. In-vessel
  6. Static piles
  7. Vermicomposting