Residents of single-family homes in Palo Alto will soon be able to compost food scraps in a bid to divert thousands of tons of waste from the landfill.
The United States generates more than 21 tons of food waste annually, and some of it is not compostable. A Stanford earth science student examines the garbage disposal versus the landfill to determine the most eco-friendly disposal route.
Outdoor composting is possible in any climate, and especially benefit gardens in the most extreme soils and temperatures.
In the United States, 34 million tons of food goes to waste each year. In 2009, only 1 million tons of that was recycled. But many Bay Area restaurants have found ways to waste not.
Werner Rogmans, owner of Stanford Floral Design, championed green waste composting. But his small business can no longer afford the city’s $100 monthly composting fees, so his clippings now go to waste.