We celebrate composting and its benefits. Nearly half of all solid waste is either organic or biodegradable, much of it ends up in landfills, where it contributes to the production of methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas. Composting is an easy and effective way to mitigate climate change. The New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown: 100 Way to Reverse Global Warming, ranks Food Composting at #60, reducing CO2 by 2.23 gigatons over the next 33 years. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 500 MILLION cars off the road… Talk about a huge impact!
Composting comes in all shapes in sizes. There are commercial operations, but regular, backyard composting is so simple! Regular composting exposes organic and biodegradable waste to sufficient air, moisture, and heat, which produces stable soil carbon, a very rich and valuable fertilizer. All this is happening in the Rhinebeck Community Garden, but it can also happen in your own kitchen or backyard. All you need is a bucket and some leftovers! What could be better than recycling food waste to use it to grow more food?