Rant! Bulk, local composting needed!

Posted on 16th December 2012 in Uncategorized

i’m prompted by an inquiry from a local new haven eatery, or shall i say DRINKERY, to rant! GRRRR!!! the place in question (think along the lines of juicing and smoothies) WANTS to compost their waste, just like Edge of the Woods wants to compost their waste.

so i did a quick internet search (15 minutes as opposed to 3 hours, cause i could stay on here reading about compost forever). i can’t find any BIG operations, or municipal operations, in the area that compost food waste. and the composting operations around the state that DO compost and sell themselves as COMPOSTING places selling (sarcastically paraphrased) ‘rich, organic, absolutely dreamy, delightful compost to make your plants euphoric’ are nothing but leaves and manure.

and it SHOULD BE common knowledge that the best composts have a WIDE variety of ingredients, not just two. that’s like me saying, here, you want some soup i made, it has water and salt. that soup won’t do much for you until you add some veggies and maybe some meat. now that i think about it, that soup would likely kill you if it’s all you had to eat. ANYWAY!!! COMPOST!!! that’s what i was ranting about. NEW MILFORD FARMS in new milford, ct DOES compost food “waste” (read excerpt below). and it will cost your operation to have your food scraps removed. whether it’s going into a dumpster to a landfill, or a truck to composting, is your choice.but the bottom line is that we NEED more composting facilities that accept and compost FOOD scraps nearby so that it doesn’t cost too much so that the choice to compost is an easy one.

The following are excerpts from John Jenkins’ “Humanure Handbook” regarding the term WASTE, a completely different, yet related rant.

“They are only ‘waste’ when we discard them. When recycled, they are resources.”

“We do not recycle waste. It’s a common semantic error to say that waste is, can be, or should be recycled. Resource materials arerecycled, but waste is never recycled. That’s why it’s called ‘waste.’ Waste is any material that is discarded and has no further use.”

“When a potato is peeled, the peels aren’t kitchen waste — they’re still potato peels. When they’re collected for composting, they are being recycled and no waste is produced. Composting professionals sometimes refer to recycled materials as ‘waste.’ Many of the people who are developing municipal composting programs came from the waste management field, a field in which refuse has always been termed ‘waste.’ Today, however, the use of the term ‘waste’ to describe recycled materials is an unpleasant semantic habit that must be abandoned. Otherwise, one could refer to leaves in the autumn as ‘tree waste,’ because they are no longer needed by the tree and are discarded. Yet, when one walks into the forest, where does one see waste? The answer is ‘nowhere,’ because the forest’s organic material is recycled naturally, and no waste is created.”

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One Response to “Rant! Bulk, local composting needed!”

  1. Caty Poole says:

    So what is your peeve here? That businesses are calling it waste when it’s not? Technically, it’s waste to the food businesses because they can’t use the materials anymore. But that seems like semantics.

    What we need here, and what I know more than a few folks are working on, is a way to take the usable scraps from the many food businesses we have around town, remove them from our solid waste stream, and convert them into usable compost. Seems simple but our state regulations make it complicated. Fortunately there are folks trying to tackle this in small stages, which will hopefully lead to bigger and bigger steps to convert the tons of convertible “waste” (for lack of a better term) into something beneficial.



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