Most folks don't know what we're about to tell you, so get ready to have your mind blown ...
Over 50% of what’s in our landfills is compostable. Most people assume this stuff doesn't cause any problems because it just breaks down into dirt. But it ain't so, folks.
Instead, at the end of each day at the landfill, the trash is covered and compacted with a layer of dirt. This is probably a good move, because — who wants trash and nasty smells blowing around to neighboring communities? But the consequence of this procedure is that oxygen has a pretty difficult time getting to our trash — which is needed to break them down.
So, a head of lettuce can take 10-25 years to decompose. In the meantime, it’s putting off methane gas, which some studies say is 80 times worse than CO2. Ouch!
What is Composting?
The good news is that we founded the Omaha area's only commercial composting farm — Soil Dynamics. If you're unfamiliar with composting, in short: it's nature's version of recycling — and it's a freakin' miracle!
Instead of taking a can of pop and turning it into a new can of pop, composting takes food and turns it back into soil for which new food grows from.
Hillside Solutions helps businesses, schools, churches, and multi-family housing launch compost programs. We educate and consult to integrate the new practice, we pick up the materials from these facilities and transport to our compost farm, and then we process the compostable materials to create nutrient-dense soil before it winds up in farms and gardens all around our community. Amen!
Take a peek at the Soil Dynamics farm here ...
What Stuff Can You Compost?
The stuff we can take at our commercial composting farm is much different than what you can do in your backyard. That's because we have really expensive equipment that filters out contaminants, we flip piles at the right time to increase oxygen levels, and we mix it with the right ratio of carbons and nitrogens (plus our soil crew are just general BA's) to get the right nutrient-dense mixture.
• ALL FOOD: Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Bread, Meat, Juice, Soup, Soda, Animal Fat, Bones, Shells, Tea, Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds, aka Everything
• SOILED FIBER: Bathroom Paper Towels, Napkins, Cardboard, Food Paper, Paper, Straws
• YARD WASTE: Flowers, Grass, Plants, Trees
• MANURE: Yep
• COMPOSTABLE SERVICE WARE: Corn, Soy, and Paper Based Plates, Cups, Utensils
- WOOD PALLETS
- You get the point
Who's Already Doing It?
Goodness! We got so many great organizations composting with us. Here's a few ...
- Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
- Kitchen Table
- Grey Plume
- Blue Sushi
- Dante Pizzeria
- Au Courant
- The Grove Juicery
- Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
How Do We Start?
If you'd like, you can try out composting free for a month!
With no strings attached, we'll drop off a 64-gallon tote (pictured below) and let your team see what they think. Along with that, one of our Sustainability Consultants will hold an orientation with your employees or community that teaches the 101 on how composting works, why we compost, and what is and isn't compostable. We'll even throw in a quick and free audit to determine what type of waste materials you're producing, the best solution you have for your waste, and what is and isn't compostable out of those items.
If you like the service, keep on composting and we'll quote you a long-term plan.