Why Compost

compost pail with food scraps

The average household in Minnesota throws away 15 pounds of compostable materials (food-scraps and non-recyclable paper) every week. In fact, 25% of what is currently in our trash is compostable, but there’s more than one way to get this material out of the trash!

What is Zero-Waste Composting?

Zero-waste composting is an approach to prevention and composting that is first and foremost about soil at every decision point. Zero-waste composting requires that we make efforts to eat the food we buy, compost as close to the source as possible, and see that the end result of our compost has the highest benefit for the environment and the community.
Get The Dirt
Eureka Recycling's newest report, Zero-Waste Composting: How Food Waste Can Help Conquer Climate Change and Prevent Disease, released May 2013, outlines a zero-waste framework for food-waste prevention and composting that communities, businesses and advocacy groups can use to determine the combination of cost, social, and environmental benefits that best meets their community’s needs. Read the full report here…

Why Make Dirt, Not Waste? 

By preventing food waste and composting, rather than wasting this material in a landfill or incinerator, we respect, preserve, and create a rapidly depleting resource that our lives depend on…soil!  Not only do we avoid the problems caused by wasting, but we realize the significant benefits that composting offers. Eureka Recycling's 2009 report, Recycling, Composting and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Minnesota, outlines the environmental benefits of recycling and composting in Minnesota. Read the full report here…