By Stephanie Eckelkamp
Every time I toss out a banana peel or apple core in the trash, I feel a pang of guilt knowing that it's never really going to decompose and become part of the earth again. After all, it's wrapped up in a plastic garbage bag that's going to take hundreds, if not thousands of years to decompose. So I was absolutely thrilled when I read about Easton's new *composting initiative, which aims to make composting accessible and sustainable for anyone who hits up the Easton Farmers' Market on a regular basis.
The Details: Today (July 7th), Easton Farmer's Market is launching the Easton Compost Program, which is the city's first residential composting initiative. If you want to participate, simply sign up (for free!) at the Compost Tent at the market on Saturday and pick up a 5-gallon bucket. If you can't make it this Saturday, don't worry -- you can sign up at any time throughout the year at the market.
Once you take your composting bucket home, you can fill it with all sorts of food waste that you'd normally just toss. And unlike a backyard compost set-up that typically handles only fruit, veggie, and bread scraps, American Biosoils & Compost (the company that handles the compost) will take any kitchen scraps, including meat, dairy, and bones.
“We can literally compost anything that you could eat,” says Andrew Curtis, an environmental
scientist with American Biosoils. He says their active aerating system uses industrial blowers,
enabling the system to circulate air and break down more organic matter quickly. In addition to kitchen scraps, residents can also bring yard and garden waste, but no grass clippings.
Once your bucket is filled, you can bring it to the parking lot behind Easton Public Market (on Church St) on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where a truck will be on site to weigh and
collect the materials.
Bonus: The person who brings in the most compost by the end of September will earn $100 in Easton Farmers’ Market tokens. And after a participant brings in four buckets of compost through the Easton Compost Program, they’ll earn nutrient-rich soil to use in their own gardens.
We're super pumped that Easton's taking charge to make our little corner of the world a healthier, more eco-friendly place.
*Composting food scraps turns what would otherwise be garbage into a rich soil that can be used
to grow more food. Compost also diverts food waste from landfills, extending the life of those