Why composting matters
Food waste contributes to 15% of landfill space nationwide. When properly composted, food scraps transform into nutrient-rich soil; when left in landfills, they produce methane - 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Over 97% of food waste ends up in the landfill - that's 33 million tons of food each year!
Consumer and foodservice food waste is the largest source of food loss in the marketing chain.
In 2008, the EPA estimated that food waste cost roughly $1.3 billion to dispose of in landfills.
* Stats from the Environmental Protection Agency and Economic Research Services
Our Composting Initiative
Drop off: Bring your compo-stable food scraps to the Aurora Farmer's Market every Saturday. Bins will be available for collection every week. Special pricing for all Aurora residents. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in joining.
DIY: We are developing DIY-composting kits and Vermicomposting (with worms!) workshops; keep an eye out in late 2017.