Waste Not Want Not
Food Scraps Banned From Trash as of July 1
We have all had time to settle into the new State law banning food scraps from trash. According to Josh Kelly of the Department of Environmental Conservation, “… 20% of our waste is food waste. It’s the largest material by type in our trash.”
Why separate food scraps from trash?
- Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Compost Restores Soil
- Reduces the Need for Landfills
- Supports Green Jobs
Many of us who weren’t previously, have turned into backyard composters. Why not put your food waste to work?
- Compost in your backyard: Make your own bin or purchase one. Add food scraps, minus meat, bones and and other animal products, along with browns (leaves, grass, brush clippings, etc.)
- Digest in your yard: Solar digesters use the sun’s energy to break down food scraps. You don’t need to add browns like above, and it is okay to include meat, bones, and other animal products.
- Try the Bokashi Process: Add your food scraps, including meat and bones, to the airtight container and they will ferment so they don’t smell. This process produces not only compost, but also a ‘tea’ you can dilute and add to your potted plants and garden.
- Feed Animals: If you have chickens and pigs, or know someone who does, you can feed them household scraps.
- Send it to “The Pros”: Not into composting? Every transfer station is required to be a drop-off center for food scraps. Just be aware there could be a fee for this. You may also have curbside pickup in your area so give your trash hauler a quick call or visit their website.
Part of this is about composting, but possibly the bigger part is about making sure we’re using our food as best we can. Plan your food purchase carefully. Simplify your life by reducing waste.
What’s New In The Store?
Stop by and check out our new and improved freezer section. Our produce section is stocked and ready for you also. We are rearranging and adding new store improvements weekly!
Store Safety Update
We have heard from many of you how safe and comfortable you feel shopping in the MOCO store. We want to thank everyone, customers and staff alike, for cheerfully following the mandated guidelines for mask-wearing and maintaining physical distancing while shopping.
As always, feel free to order online with curbside pickup.
From all of us here at MOCO, we are honored to be serving our community during this time and thank you for supporting your local food coop!