Why Isn’t Everyone Composting Yet?

Read this 3-part deep dive by Time Dewey-Mattia, Education Manager at Napa Recycling & Waste Services and NCRA Board Member.

Former NCRA President Arthur R Boone recently posed a question to Dewey-Mattia via email on “Why the conversion of the yard debris green cart into the full-service organics cart has stumbled badly in getting rolled out? Would love to understand all that resistance better.” Here is their correspondence and what both thought would be valuable to share with other interested parties.

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US Composting Infrastructure Coalition

NEW COALITION ADVOCATES FOR INVESTMENT AND EXPANSION OF AMERICA’S COMPOSTING INFRASTRUCTURE

The US Composting Infrastructure Coalition brings together a vital cross section of the US organics recycling community, associations working on sustainable materials, and other stakeholders to support innovative and responsible waste reduction and recovery solutions like composting.

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Composting the Beaten Path Way…

Check out this amazing Zero Waste Gainesville interview of Stephan Barron of Beaten Path Composting a weekly food scrap pickup business in Gainesville, FL. Barron talks about the advantages of compost for soil health and how he has made it into a thriving local business, all while balancing sustainability, living wage and environment.

… Stephan Barron and a good friend originally began composting for a few restaurants in downtown Gainesville to feed the community garden they were operating. He rapidly realized “that innovative, natural crop-growing could alter the current unsustainable food system that exists in our cities.” This philosophy ultimately evolved into a business as Stephan “grasped how economics and ecology worked together.” Stephan envisions a food production system “that is decentralized, where the wealth and material created would be distributed equitably and locally, instead of winding up in the hands of investors who do not even live here.” []

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