Total Organic Recycling collects organic material, then what? Once we pick your discarded organics, they are delivered to a St. Louis Composting commercial compost facility, where they are broken down into a nutrient rich soil supplement in a process called composting. Biological decomposition (composting) began with the very first plants on Earth and has been going on ever since. Compost is the product that comes from the decomposition of organic material such as food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, brush or yard trimmings. As the material decomposes, it generates heat that sanitizes the material and makes it beneficial for plant growth. Compost is an organic material that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. 

Why Should You Compost Your Food Scarps?

Reducing the amount of food wasted has significant economic, environmental and social benefits. These are just a few:

It’s good for the environment. Food takes a LONG time to break down in a landfill. Why throw food away when it can be used as compost to help grow more food? Also, composting means less waste is sent to a landfill, which extends the life of the landfill.

It’s good for the air. When food scraps are sent to the landfill, they break down anaerobically because there is no oxygen.  This process produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, which is damaging to the ozone layer and contributes to global warming.

It’s good for our bodies. Food grown in compost is healthier and tastes better than good grown with synthetic chemical fertilizers, which can be harmful to the environment.

It’s good for water conservation. Compost helps soil retain water, which helps with erosion control and in times of drought. The more water that is able to be contained in soils reduces the volumes of water in stormwater management systems that need to be treated by municipalities, resulting in lower costs to communities and increased efficiency. 

It’s good for reducing resources. When food is thrown into the landfill, it cannot be recovered. In the US, about 40% of food is wasted between farm to table, including those resources that went into producing that food. These resources include water, energy, fertilizers and pesticides. By reducing the amount of food wasted, these resources are saved.

It’s good for the mind!  You can fight climate change, reduce waste and create a high-quality healthy soil amendment just by composting your food scraps. How good of a feeling is that?