Why Doesn’t Your City Have Curbside Composting?

I’m all packed and ready to head out first thing tomorrow morning and don’t have any posts lined up for the weekend, so here’s a little something from Mother Jones:

Whenever I travel west to visit the Mother Jones mother ship in San Francisco, I’m awed by the number of trash bins. There are color-coded bins for compost, recycling, and trash, and the city disposes of all of them separately. When it comes to composting, San Francisco is a shining beacon of decaying organic matter. Sixteen years into the program, the city collects 600 tons of yard and food waste every day, according to Governing Magazine.

Following SF’s lead, nearly 100 cities now have curbside composting. (My home city of Washington, DC, is not one of them; we have to pay someone to come take our compost away.) While short of the full-service composting in places like San Francisco, 24 states have also passed laws banning yard waste from landfills. Keeping food scraps, leaves, tree limbs, and grass clippings out of the municipal waste facilities preserves limited space, and it saves money. Why don’t more cities and states make it easier for us to compost? The answer: Big Trash.

Read the rest of the article here. Have a great weekend everybody!

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