Did you know next week is International Compost Awareness
Week? This year’s theme is “Compost – The Soil and Water Connection.” It centers on
the need for compost as a component of healthy soil, in infrastructure development,
agriculture and food production. It highlights compost’s role in everything
from mitigation of brownfields, stormwater management and erosion control, and
Why the interest from FPI? Well, it’s quite simple. We
support the recovery of all foodservice packaging, and one of those recovery
options is composting.
It’s important to note that economically-viable and
sustainable recovery efforts for foodservice packaging (and frankly, all
materials) are dependent on having an end market that’s interested in the recovered
materials. In this case, composters accept organic material (yard and food
scraps, packaging, etc.), process it and produce an end product: compost.
If the foodservice packaging industry would like to see more
if its compostable products actually composted, we need to do what we can to
support the growth of the needed processing infrastructure and demand for the
final product. If there’s more demand for the final product (compost), the
processors (composters), will produce more of it. If the processors need to
produce more product, they will accept more materials (foodservice packaging
and other organic material). Voila!
We are happy to promote the International Compost Awareness
Week and add to the growing number of voices touting the benefits of composting
and compost. And, we expect those voices will get louder with the growing
interest in food recovery, and the role composting can play.
Another way we can help is to answer questions composters
may have about foodservice packaging. We have done just that in our new
Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit, found at www.recyclefsp.org. Be sure to check out
the brand spankin’ new section for operators of composting and anaerobic
Finally, I am personally excited to share that I celebrated ICAW
a little early, going to my local nursery a couple of weeks ago to buy some
compost manufactured by McGill, right here in Virginia, and certified by our
friends at the U.S. Composting Council. My plants are happy, as were my
neighbors when I bought too much compost and shared bags with them!
For more information about the International Compost
Awareness Week, please go to www.compostingcouncil.org/icaw.
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 4/26/2016 12:58:46 PM