Food waste is the single largest and least recovered waste stream in the US. The EPA estimates that 40% of what's in our waste is compostable. Here in Dutchess County, we incinerate 65% of our waste at a waste-to-energy facility in Poughkeepsie. What isn't incinerated is landfilled five hours away, where food waste rots and creates methane, a greenhouse gas that's 30 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide. We believe that food waste should be diverted from the city's waste stream to create compost, a profitable material used to grow food, create jobs, and generate revenue. Composting is preferable to incineration or landfills: a landfill eventually becomes full, but a composting plant can continue to process waste and turn it into a valuable resource indefinitely. Many people already compost in their backyards, but we want to extend the practice to apartment dwellers, renters, businesses and beyond!
WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?
The Beacon Compost Program is for any resident or business in Beacon who is interested in participating. We're setting our sights outside of Beacon, throw us a line if that's you!
WHAT CAN I COMPOST?
SO MUCH! There are a surprising number of items you'd normally just toss that can now be composted and turned into healthy soil! You'll be amazed and proud to see how much of your waste can be put back into use by following the simple guides below.
Here's a quick overview: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, grains, bread, unbleached paper napkins, coffee filters, eggshells, and newspaper can be composted. If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted.