GSWMD does not currently offer an outlet for food waste, but we can connect you with some resources on how to avoid sending food waste to the landfill.
How to Reduce Food Waste
- MSU Home Composting guide
- EPA “Reducing Wasted Food At Home” website
- Food Waste Reduction Alliance
- Composting in Bear Country (pdf)
Curbside Compost Collection in Gallatin County
- Happy Trash Can
“Started in 2016 by Ryan Green and Adrienne Huckabone in Bozeman, MT. With backgrounds in sustainable agriculture and high density composting, we feel passionate about keeping organic waste out of landfills and turning it back into soil. Happy Trash Can will pick up your food scraps from your door step on a weekly basis. We switch out your used bucket for a clean on upon pickup, take your food scraps to our site at Strike Farms. We process the food scraps back into the Bozeman soil and keep your organic waste out of the landfills.”
- Conserve energy and resources
- Growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling food involves a variety of energy and resources.
- Hauling food waste for disposal at a landfill uses additional resources.
- Nutrients in food waste are lost when buried in a landfill. Compost keeps nutrients available for future use in gardening, landscaping, and soil amendment.
- Save on waste disposal fees
- Household trash, including food waste, costs $27/ton for disposal at Logan Landfill, plus transportation and travel time. Save a trip to the landfill and save some money.
- Extend the life of our landfill
- “Food waste is the second largest category of municipal solid waste (MSW) sent to landfills in the United States, accounting for approximately 18% of the waste stream.That is over 30 million tons of food waste that the U. S. sends to the landfills each year” (U.S. EPA).
- Reduce greenhouse gases
- “Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 15.3 percent of these emissions in 2013. At the same time, methane emissions from landfills represent a lost opportunity to capture and use a significant energy resource” (U.S. EPA).
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