Does your community garden need compost? ReWorks, the Solid Waste Management Authority of Summit County, announces the 2018 Grow Green Food Scrap Compost Giveaway. Community gardens in Summit County are eligible to enter – with five to be randomly selected from those who enter. A link to the application and guidelines may be found at www.summitreworks.com/growgreen.
Each of the five community gardens randomly selected will receive 8 cubic yards of food scrap compost.
Why food scrap compost? Food waste is about one third of the material that finds its way into our landfills. “We hope that this food scrap compost will inspire conversations about this issue and lead to meaningful solutions – both at home and in our community in general,” said Marcie Kress, executive director of ReWorks.
According to the US EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, reducing waste is first, with the feeding of people and animals next. Once these first three options are exhausted, composting is the solution for best handling food scraps, according to ReWorks, which adds that composting leads ultimately to two benefits: keeping food waste out of landfills and helping to create nutrient rich soil.
Additionally, ReWorks has purchased this year’s food scrap compost from Barnes Landscape Materials and Organics Recycling, a class II licensed Ohio EPA composting facility.
ReWorks is Summit County’s Solid Waste Management Authority. ReWorks provides solutions and leadership to empower Summit County communities, institutions and businesses to develop and utilize environmentally sound, cost-effective recycling and waste management strategies.