Composting Benefits

There are multiple benefits to composting food and organic waste:

Economic Benefits

By composting food and organic waste, businesses should be able to reduce the size of their traditional waste containers or reduce the frequency of pick-ups or both, which will lower the cost of traditional waste hauling. In addition, the use of smaller containers and less frequent pick-ups will also result in lower county user fees since there are no user fees associated with food and organic waste. Finally, the tipping fee for food and organic waste is $25/ton versus $66/ton for traditional waste, a lower cost that can be passed on directly to businesses by Food Waste Disposal.

Environmental Benefits

Not only do food and organic wastes have large economic impacts in terms of disposal costs, they also have immediate environmental impacts. When food is disposed in the landfill it quickly rots and becomes a significant source of methane — a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Consequently, landfills account for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions. Recovering and recycling food waste diverts organic materials from landfills thus reducing these emissions. The use of recycled food waste as compost improves soil health and structure; increases drought resistance; and reduces the need for supplemental water, fertilizers, and pesticides.

Community Benefits

For every 2,000 pounds of food and organic waste collected from your business, you will receive a 40 pound compost credit which can be donated to a local farmer or community garden or redeemed by your business. This reduces the need for commercially produced fertilizers and the transportation needed to bring them to the Charleston region. Additionally, you will be able to share with customers your support of sustainable practices, a valuable marketing opportunity.

Health and Sanitation Benefits

Another benefit of food waste composting for your business is improved sanitation, public safety, and health. Food waste dumped in standard trash cans and dumpsters can attract rodents and insects, as well as generate bad odors. Placing food scraps and organic waste in a closed, leak proof, durable, and reusable container, and having Food Waste Disposal pick it up three times weekly for composting can significantly reduce, and even eliminate these problems.