Composting, or organic recycling used to
be a backburner issue, because refuse disposal
was inexpensive and landfill capacity, before
the eighties, was not as scarce as it is
Composting has been successfully demonstrated
throughout the world. It is economically
competitive with other waste management methods.
In addition, compost is an environmentally
beneficial product. While large scale composting
operations will be increasingly important,
the most cost effective way of handling yard,
kitchen and garden waste is in our own backyards,
avoiding trucking and fuel costs.
With the continued depletion of available
landfill space and anticipated high collection
and disposal fees needed to cover the cost
of the refuse disposal facilities being built
today, the separation of leaves, grass clippings,
brush, and other yard debris from refuse
will become increasingly attractive.
Remember: thirty to forty percent of materials
in the solid waste stream are compostable