According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food accounts for up to 20% of what Americans throw away. When organic materials such as food are sent to landfill, they don't actually break down. This is because most landfills are fundamentally anaerobic (lack oxygen) because they are compacted so tightly. In fact, organic material in landfills cause 15% of methane emissions in the US, which is a major contributor to climate change.
Instead of throwing away these organic materials, we can compost them and create nutrient rich soil!
Compost is made by decomposing organic materials. This process breaks down organic materials that are otherwise regarded as waste products. It's a great way to divert food scraps from landfills and incinerators, reduce use of chemical fertilizers, and reduce your overall impact on the environment.