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The Breakdown: Composting

Composting makes so much sense, it’s nuts to think it isn’t done everywhere already. Turns out the food you throw away doesn’t compost on its own in landfills. As it now stands, most food goes to landfills and mummifies or turns into methane, a key greenhouse gas. Remember how we sent out Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977? Those spacecraft are now past the edges of our galaxy, telling us incredible things like how the Milky Way spins, but meanwhile on Earth we still haven’t addressed the horribly interrupted cycle of organic matter returning to the soil. Yeah, no.

 

Landfills- because the term “Land Ruiner For All Time” seemed too long.
Landfill photo courtesy Tom Fisk

 

We all know skeptical people who look at composting as though it’s some con to get them to change their lives and act like lemmings. The more we take the long view on it though, isn’t not composting the more lemming-like thing to do? We were also inspired by Burning Man’s magnificent approach to leaving no trace and their fabulous compost system.

When we reflect on why we weren’t doing this a long time ago, the sad answer is it just wasn’t on our radar. The facts of what was happening then were no different, but our thinking was – and woefully so.

In our office discussions, it turned out one of our employees lived in Austin when the city began its Zero Waste Ordinance. Restaurants were required to sort garbage into recyclables, compostables, and landfill-bound trash. Overnight at one restaurant, their 30 bags of daily trash morphed into about 23 bags for composting, 5 bags for recycling and 2 for landfills.

…whoa. 

It helps when a city provides supporting infrastructure, but nonetheless there has to be a better way to live than sending perfectly compostable waste to a landfill to (not) rot for all eternity. One of our employees agreed, and is now the proud owner of an at-home composting bin. At the office we started using a bin which is picked up by a company every two weeks and composted on an industrial scale. We can’t get around the carbon footprint of their driving but are preparing a carbon offset in its place.

Composting bins photo courtesy Lisa Fotios

And one last tip – if you can only bring things to a composting site irregularly, try freezing them in a bag or tupperware to bring all at once, and keep things from getting smelly.
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We’re on this Responsible Impact journey together – join us!

-The MagicLinks Team

Cover photo courtesy Sippakorn Yamkasikorn

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