Region 5 Composting Coordinator
Chris Newman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
77 W. Jackson Boulevard (DW-8J)
Chicago, IL 60604
According to EPA's Municipal Solid Waste in the United States 2007 Facts and Figures:
- Over eight percent of the waste that each person generates each day could be recovered for composting. That works out to over 140 pounds per person, per year.
- Yard waste and trimmings account for nearly 13% of municipal solid waste in the United States. This waste consists of grass, leaves, tree, and brush trimmings - adding up to approximately 33 million tons each year. Through composting, we can reduce the amount of yard waste that needs to be disposed of.
- Approximately 12% of the municipal solid waste in the United States is food scraps. While it may seem like a small percentage, it equals nearly 32 million tons per year. Like yard waste, food waste scraps can also be composted.
Composting these wastes creates a product that can be used to help improve soils, grow the next generation of crops, and improve water quality.
Common Waste and Materials/Organic Materials - managing food and yard waste
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Region 5 Supports Composting
Region 5 has supported the following activities to help reduce the amount of food and yard waste that needs to be disposed of, and develop markets for compost.
- Municipal Solid Waste Projects - regional composting initiatives and grants awarded by Region 5
- State Composting Contacts
Food Waste Management Cost Calculator Webinar
On June 22, 2010 Region 5 hosted the Food Waste Management Cost Calculator Webinar that featured information on food waste measurement and how food waste cost savings can be calculated.
- Food Waste Management Cost Calculator and EPA's Food Waste Management Hierarchy (PDF) (18pp, 504K) June 22, 2010 presented by EPA staff
- Eric Eisenberg on Food Waste Management Cost Calculator (PDF). (13pp, 1MB) June 22, 2010 - Eric Eisenberg, Executive Chef at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, talked about the food waste reduction programs that have been implemented there and insights gained from using the calculator.
Workshops and trainings on compost-related issuess
Region 5 is presenting a series of webinars on the use of compost as a stormwater best management practice. Experienced users of these materials provide information and insight from their experiences.
Using Compost to Improve Stormwater Management and Erosion Control on Roadsides
Many organizations and groups in Region 5 states are interested in promoting the use of compost on managed lands both as a way to improve soil and water quality and as a way to build market demand for high quality compost. Stormwater and erosion control projects can use compost to establish vegetative cover, retain soil, and improve storm water outflows related to construction activities. Many involved in land and stormwater management have seen the benefits of using compost-based storm water and erosion control BMPs on projects across the country.