If this practice is new to you, composting is the controlled decomposition of organic materials, like food scraps and yard waste. Composting enables people (or composting services) to utilize this organic food waste and convert it into usable, nutrient-rich soil instead of sending it to a landfill where it takes up space and can release methane.
This past year Lynne and I committed to start composting our food waste and other organic materials. We looked into composting ourselves, but since we live in an apartment, it was going to be a little more challenging to maintain. Instead, we signed up for a compositing service in Madison area called Curbside Composter. Each week, we fill up a 5-gallon bucket with our organic waste and set it out on the driveway. Curbside Composter comes and empties the bucket, and that’s it. We pay $7 a week for this service and for us personally, we are glad to be putting our organic waste to good use and reducing our carbon footprint.
The other benefit I have found from composting is that I am much more aware of our food waste. That helps prevent us from wasting extra food and increases our connection to the food we are purchasing and consuming. I would imagine that physically composting ourselves and using that soil for growing our own produce would add on to those positives.
You can learn more about compositing basics here or by looking up more info online, especially if you want to start composting yourself. There are also many other local composting services in other areas around the country, so do your own searching if you are interested in that option!