By Salt Lake Valley Landfill Compost Marketer & Recycling Specialist, Zak Breckenridge
As we mentioned in our last post, compost is awesome! And when you put yard trimmings, leaves, vegetable and fruit scraps, and more in your curbside brown compost container, you’re engaging in one of the best forms of local recycling: Composting.
About 30% of what we put in the trash could be turned into compost, which has a big impact on our community carbon emissions and our landfill space.
But what do you do if you don’t have access to curbside yard waste disposal?
Or, perhaps you prefer to skip the brown bin and make your own nutrient-rich compost for your vegetable, flower gardens, and lawn.
Whatever the case may be, today we’re focusing on at-home composting, which gives you the convenience of fresh compost right at home, plus all of the environmental benefits of putting your kitchen and yard waste to good use.
Of course, there isn’t only one right way to compost. While composting methods share the same basic principles, there are many factors to keep in mind. Read on to learn about the main composting techniques so you can decide what method will work best for you.
by Salt Lake Valley Landfill Compost Marketer & Recycling Specialist, Zak Breckenridge
It’s variably called the “yard waste bin,” the “brown can,” or the “compost container.”
Whatever name you give it, all Salt Lake City Waste & Recycling customers have the familiar brown canand use it to dispose of leaves, yard trimmings, small branches, grass, weeds, and other green waste.
It can also take your fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, and tea bags.
Today we’re taking a deep dive into the brown can. We’re (figuratively, not literally) getting down and dirty not only with what should and shouldn’t go in your bin, but also what happens to all of that “green waste” at its destination?
We all know that putting carrot tops and tomato stems in the compost is somehow better than putting them in the trash, but how do your food scraps and yard waste become a useful and valuable natural product that’s also better for the environment and better for our community?
Summer is here and along with it are the Salt Lake City area Farmers Markets. June 7th and 8th marked the start of another great summer of Farmers Markets with theLiberty Park Farmers Market on Friday night and the Downtown Farmers Marketon Saturday morning. The markets ushered in summer with everything from delicious food trucks to fresh heirloom vegetables to artisan dog cookies!
On Saturday, interns from SLCgreen tabled alongside farmers and vendors including Buzzed Coffee, Raclette Machine, Mamachari Kombucha, Volkers Bakery, and many more. Salt Lake City’s Farmers Market are a great way to support local growers; eat fresh, locally grown food; and to learn about sustainability projects in Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City supports community-based food production as a means of making fresh, sustainable foods more readily accessible.
Ever wonder how Salt Lake City successfully diverts over 32,000 tons of material annually from the landfill?
It’s a big undertaking– involving operations, education, outreach, and policy. And our amazing staff are at the heart of it!
Today we’re thrilled to announce that one of our own, Mitch Davis, is being recognized nationally for his efforts by Waste360, a recycling trade group serving 90,000 professionals.
The Waste360 “40 Under 40” awards program “recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics have made a significant contribution to the industry.“
“This award is a great honor in the waste & recycling industry,” said Lance Allen, Waste & Recycling Division Director. “We are very proud of Mitch and what he brings to our team and community.”
Mitch Davis accepts his Waste360 40 Under 40 award. 2017.
A shoe in the recycling bin? Nope!
Mitch started his career with Salt Lake City as an intern in 2008 while finishing up his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Utah. His passion for waste diversion and public service has been the driving force behind the success of many of our waste diversion strategies ever since.
When Mitch started with Salt Lake City he wanted to, “make a difference.” Because of his hard work and dedication, he most certainly has achieved that goal! Here’s how: Read more
The Salt Lake City Sustainability Department is delighted to welcome Lance Allen to our team as the new Waste & Recycling Division Director.
He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the City’s sanitation services including curbside refuse; compost and recycling collection; neighborhood cleanup; enforcement and education; and container maintenance programs.
Lance Allen, Salt Lake City’s new Waste & Recycling Director.
He’s also tasked with big-picture goal-setting and implementation. How can Salt Lake City continue to be a leader in sustainability, particularly as it relates to recycling? Are there new or more effective programs, cost-saving measures, or outreach tools can we use? How can waste management help us reach our greenhouse gas reduction goals in the coming decades?
In addition to developing strategic plans and programs, he will manage the roughly 60 staff who keep our sanitation operation humming.
He brings with him a deep-seated knowledge of recycling operations, markets, and management.
Lance previously spent over 29 years in the solid waste and recycling industry, gaining valuable experience through various entry level and executive management positions. Read more