When people think of landfills, they often think of the desolate places in which all their trash and other thrown away items go to rot. But have you ever stopped to think if everything in a landfill really belongs there?
Composting is a natural process that takes organic bi-products that traditionally would find its way to landfills, and transform them into nutrient-rich soil which helps plants grow.
Often when people think of composting, they tend to think of traditional backyard composting, and therefore don’t realize that some of the biggest opportunities for composting in our country exist in the business world.
May flowers are growing, starting to bloom, and gardens are being planted for future food sources. It is a wonderful time of year if you love to dig in the dirt and play with plants. Of course, if you own a home or have a garden, you know that one of the most important things to help keep weeds away is to have a good, thick, mulch layer in and around your plants, bushes, flowers, and trees. Mulch can also add to the curb appeal of a home when done right, consistently, and well as part of a total landscape project.
In September of last year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a first ever national food waste reduction goal of 50% by 2030.
Many consumers wrongly assumed that we were already reducing food waste because we seem to be paying more attention to where we are disposing of things. But this doesn’t mean we are paying closer attention to WHAT we are disposing. Americans generate twice as much food waste today as they did in 1970. And food waste is the second largest category sent to landfills (18% of overall waste).Continue Reading
Although gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate) has been used as a soil amendment for centuries, only recently has there been a renewed attention in its benefits. Much of this is due to ongoing research and testing by leading experts in agriculture.
Here are five key benefits of gypsum:Continue Reading
The reason is simple. You should recycle the organic waste at your manufacturing facility to help save the planet.
You probably already recycle some industrial materials at your facility. You might have separate recycling bins for plastic and glass and metal. Or cardboard, electronics, batteries, or bulbs. Or hazardous materials.
Organic Waste Recycling is Good Corporate Citizenship
You can increase your corporate and community sustainability efforts by starting an organic waste recycling program. Many different types of manufacturers in a wide variety of industries have organic waste that should not end up in a landfill decomposing into methane. There are already too many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The process of starting an organic waste recycling program will be similar to when you began previous waste reduction and recycling programs. The primary difference is now we’re talking about separating, storing, and transporting organic wastes, food wastes and bio solids. It basically just takes your facility’s waste management process to the next level.
Here is an overview of the process your manufacturing facility would undergo if you begin an organic waste recycling program:
Your company wants to be environmentally responsible, but you may be wondering where to start. A good place to begin is an Organic Waste Recycling program. Learn why this is good for your business. Read more
AgRecycle’s Guy Schafer has been accepted into the 2014 Indiana Agriculture Leadership Program.
The Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) provides individuals involved in agriculture and related industries and those who serve rural communities with the opportunity to improve leadership skills, gain understanding and develop the expertise needed to provide leadership in public affairs for their businesses and communities. It is a highly acclaimed professional development opportunity for leaders at all career stages, and is celebrating more than 25 years of building leadership capacity.
AgrIInstitute sponsors ALP in order to create a cadre of self-assured, highly motivated, professionals who possess the leadership capacity to serve Indiana agriculture and rural communities in public affairs at the local, state, national and international levels.
We are honored that Guy was chosen for this program.