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Celebrating Compost Awareness Week

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 water conservation.

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 digestion facilities.

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
 

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