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Compost Yields Healthy Crops

which promotes increased water retention and nutrient absorption for plant growth. Compost also provides a feedstock for essential microorganisms in the soil that aid plants and roots.

Utilizing Food Scraps in Compost

returns a nutrient rich soil amendment back to the earth and diverts roughly 30% of waste volumes sent to landfill annually in Illinois. 

Integrating Food Scraps Through Collection

drives demand from the bottom up, creating broader diversion opportunities for food scrap generators and haulers.

Wasting 40% of Food Supply

increases the need for more production of food crops. If efficiencies can be found in this system, the same amount of food can find its way to feed more people.

Restaurant Composting

 

Business/Institutional Composting

 
 
 

Residential Composting

 
 
 

Food scrap is heavy. How do I protect my employees from injury?

Yes, food scraps are heavy, a full 65-gallon toter can weigh as much as 500 pounds. However, there are easy, accessible ways to keep your employees safe.
 
The solutions that are used to deal with weight issues are very similar to those used to overcome a smaller prep area: 
  1. Use small food collection containers so the weight won't get too heavy for an employee to carry it out to the toter. 
  2. Collection containers on wheels not only create flexible working environments, but also limit the amount of heavy lifting that has to occur. With this solution,  it is still important to not let them get too heavy, so an employee can still lift them into the toter. 
  3. Dehydration technologies also exist to shred food waste by using heat to evaporate moisture. This pulpy mass of dried food waste can still be composted, while reducing weight, volume and issues related to odors or animals. If you are considering using a food dehydrator, you should check with your local (city or county) government to determine whether there are rules and regulations that must be considered.