Saturday, September 26, 2020

Increasing ways for recycling food scraps

large scale drum composter at North Country School Camp Treetops in Lake Placid

Home Composting takes some care, as well as greens, browns, water and air. Fall is a great season to start home composting, as an abundance of leaves, and the waste from fresh fruits and vegetables can become an excellent resource for a compost pile. Compost supplies our soils with organic matter and nutrients which help capture and retain water, providing an environment for beneficial microorganisms to enliven plant roots. To learn more about home composting options click here. You can also tune into composting specialist Gary Feinland talk about common problems people encounter while creating a backyard composting pile and how to remedy them.

Most composting education revolves around backyard composting; however, backyard composting isn’t something that is available to everyone. For those who can’t set up a backyard compost, options for recycling your food are becoming increasingly available.

Residential food scraps collection services and community food scraps drop-off spots are great ways to compost locally if home composting isn’t an option. To find a drop-off spot or collection service near you, visit this link.

Photo courtesy of the North Country School/Camp Treetops in Lake Placid.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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