Every year, United States landfills receive over 150 million tons of garbage. Each bag of tossed garbage contributes to the pollution of surrounding waterways, air, and soil, inflicting health hazards upon humans and animals. It’s puzzling that over 50% of standard garbage set out on the curb can be composted. This simple action – composting – not only replenishes soil, sustains future food production, sequesters carbon, and replaces chemical fertilizers, but it also reduces heaps of methane being emitted from landfills.
So how can one start composting in Park City? There are three options: 1. Start a compost pile at home. Recycle Utah can assist you with doing it yourself through their monthly workshops (next one is 7/9, 10am) and they even sell discounted composting bins. 2. Join Spoil to Soil – a composting pickup service that costs $19/month, supplies all the materials, and picks up weekly. Or 3. Try Vermicomposting or worm composting. This is another great composting option, especially for smaller spaces, like apartments. Worm composting uses worms to recycle food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment called Vermicompost. It’s a fun way to compost but the worms need at least 40F degrees to survive.
While most people assume waste, such as food scraps, will biodegrade in landfills, the lack of oxygen prevents this and instead creates methane. The more of us who get on board with environmental steps, the more these actions will start to add up. Composting is a significant step.
By Pearson Ehrich