Each week our teams collect over 5000 pounds of food scraps generated from area residents. At our drop off booths (weekends) members bring their food scraps to one of our 6 drop off booths. If they are curbside composting members, we go to their homes and collect their food scraps. On those same days I take these materials to our composting facility and place them onto a large concrete pad after which I add wood chips, horse manure and some leaves to start the magic that results in the creation of nutrient rich compost.
I get to see what is mostly food scraps - non edible banana peels, coffee grounds and chicken bones. I also notice about 5% - 10% that is entirely usable - ripe bananas just screaming to be used to make banana bread or frozen for making smoothies, or celery hearts, carrots and onions that could be easily made into a great veggie broth.
Think about this fact - Of the 150,000 tons (that’s tons not pounds) of food waste land-filled last year, in Franklin County about 10,000 of those tons should have/could have been used to make some tasty meals. We just need the tools. With that said, check out our web site under the “All About Compost” tab - look for Reducing Food Waste At Home.
All the Best!