Food waste is the highest percentage of waste sent to landfills according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Atlas Organics, a food waste collection and composting company, is providing an answer to this waste issue. Atlas Organics is expanding their residential program Compost House to the Chattanooga area beginning Aug. 11.
Old banana peels, onions that have gone bad, even the food scraps left over from dinner are the materials Compost House is looking for. For any compost enthusiasts out there, due to the size and maintenance of the Atlas Organics facilities, all food waste including cooked meat, bones, dairy and even paper products like napkins and paper plates can be turned into compost through their program.
The average American discards about 20 pounds of uneaten food every month worth $28-$43, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Working on reducing waste and/or donating what is still usable is best but if food products are no longer eatable, composting them is the way to go, said officials.
Even though your own waste may seem minimal or not worth the trouble, Cullon Hooks, Compost House coordinator Chattanooga begs to differ. “We all talk about making a difference or needing something to change in the way our system works," Mr. Hooks says. “This is a viable decision you can make that impacts the big picture. All amounts of waste sent to compost matters. It’s doing your part.”