Looking to help clients implement a composting program? Kimberly-Clark Professional has partnered with U.S. Composting Council and Keep America Beautiful to create A Guide to Workplace Composting.
The guide provides step-by-step instructions and resources to help office buildings, manufacturing facilities, hotels, hospitals, universities and other workplaces divert organic matter like food scraps, used paper towels, coffee grounds and coffee filters from landfills through composting. Not only does compost add nutrients to soil, but it can reduce erosion, improve drought tolerance and help reduce the generation of greenhouse gases.
“Composting closes the loop,” said Frank Franciosi, Executive Director of the U.S. Composting Council. “It increases organic matter in the soil to grow plants, trees and crops. It’s a holistic approach that puts carbon back where it came from.”
Last fall the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the country’s first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50% reduction by 2030. A number of states – including California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut – have initiated bans on landfill disposal of food waste from large commercial food waste generators.
“Composting is the natural, next step for implementing a ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ strategy to give our garbage another life. We want to make it easy for workplaces to implement an effective program, which is why it’s so important to support them with the right tools and resources,” said Brenda Pulley, Keep America Beautiful’s senior vice president for recycling. Keep America Beautiful developed the Recycling@Work program to support workplace efforts to reduce waste and improve recycling.