Sustainability, Green Cleaning and Composting

by Lawton Brothers | Jan 18, 2016

compost bin

So, your facility has decided to further its green initiative by implementing a composting program. What does that mean for you and your crew? While implementing a waste management program of this magnitude can seem daunting, taking care of compost is really no different than your normal operations in clearing away garbage in your medical facility, school, or office. Composting is becoming a popular waste management and green cleaning procedure for many reasons. Here are a few ways you can introduce your crew to the change and maintain a clean, inviting facility.

Compositing is the process by which food waste and other organic waste products, like some paper products and yard waste, can be naturally broken-down and re-introduced into the soil. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, water, and pesticides. It enriches soil, increase crop yields, and reduces methane and leachate in landfills thus decreasing pollution and extending the life of a landfill. Another startling reason that the is becoming such a sought after program in medical, school and other facilities is because of its impact on food waste. In the US, 133 billion pounds of food make it to landfills every year. This accounts for 31 percent of our country’s food supply. This amount of food waste contributes to a significant portion of our methane emissions. If Americans are able to reduce this waste by 15 percent, we would be able to feed an additional 25 million people every year.

Composting is not popular because it is just another way to change how food waste is disposed of. It is becoming more popular because it makes facilities re-think their food programs and reduce waste from the beginning of the supply chain. Facilities are reducing their cost of their operations and waste disposal while helping reduce harm to the environment that 133 billion pounds of food waste creates.

 At first it can be difficult to convert to a composting program because many people are squeamish about the idea. They think of it as rotting, smelly leftovers, but when you get down to it a compost bin is really a “traditional” trash can without plastics and inorganic material.

 Custodial crews can actually lend a helping hand in changing the popular opinion of composting to a more positive one. Here are two main things you can do to promote your facility’s compost program. 

  1. Remove the compost liners once a day. By removing this compostable food and organic waste, you can stop the smell before it happens.
  2. Clean out the receptacles frequently. As often as three times a week or as necessary, it’s important to clean out these bins so that they stay clean and smell free. 

Composting is a great way for facilities to begin a green initiative. Your help as a custodial crew is tantamount to its success. If you have questions about the types of liners you should choose and how to help your facility achieve its goal, ask us today.

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