Regardless of how much we attempt to reduce our individual food waste, food scraps inevitably remain. However, little has been done by governments and municipalities to tell individuals what to do with this food waste. Historically, their primary interest has been the recycling of organic matter like lawn clippings, yard debris, and manure, and individuals have been responsible for deciding the appropriate disposal methods for leftover or unwanted food. This has led to the problem we face today: globally, around 1.3 billion tons of food scraps end up in landfills each year. This is a huge threat to the climate, as the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste (if not handled properly) releases copious amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, which is 70x more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide emissions.

While this paints an upsetting picture, composting can make a massive difference in our overall greenhouse gas emissions. Not only do composters not contribute to landfill methane emissions, but compost and the decomposition of organic matter actually naturally sequesters carbon dioxide, and can be a tool to offset overall emissions.

So what can you, interested composter, do to help?

Browse our research to see how composting has been incentivized and encouraged around the world, what additional revenue streams we can offer to individuals, businesses, and corporations, and how our carbon and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through cap and trade systems.

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