Focus On Waste
Dynamics of the Waste Stream
The organic portion of the waste stream contains yard waste and kitchen waste, each representing 25% of total waste generated (with geographic fluctuations).
According to the U.S. EPA, the average American throws away 1.3 lbs (.6 Kg) of food scraps daily; 475 pounds per year.Food waste and yard trimming comprise 24% of the U.S. Municipal solid waste stream.
When food waste goes to landfills, the end product is methane, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases
On average, residents who compost at home can divert a minimum of 650 pounds per year from the solid waste stream.**
Home composting benefits everyone: the municipality, the environment and you, the homeowner!
* EPA Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 1995 Update Statistics Canada, 2004 Waste Management Industry Survey U.S. Census Bureau Canada Post Householder Counts
**Applied Compost Consulting, CA 1996