Finally, curbside composting comes to Colorado Springs.
There's a missing link in our local food system that lies between disposal and production, in the messy process that returns nutrients to the soil. Composting is like recycling for organic material, including food waste, where the end-product is a potent soil amendment. By diverting our food scraps from the landfill back to the land through compost, we can create more fertile soil and more nutritious food right here in our commnunity.
Some people, especially gardeners, compost on their own in a backyard pile that needs regular mixing and watering. But, most of us don't have the time, space or energy it requires. So, that peel goes into the trash stream, depriving our soils of those precious nutrients.
If we can get Colorado Springs composting, we'll see the first semblance of a closed-loop system where can produce, retain and multiply the value of food (both economically and nutritionally) right here in our community.
Everyone's got their reasons, but the reason we compost is to build our resilience — or, the capacity to evolve the human systems that fuel climate change while remediating the damage they've already done.
The way we handle our waste streams isn't sustainable. That's because in a landfill, organic matter like food breaks down anaerobially (without oxygen), producing tons of methane — a greenhouse gas 25% more potent than carbon dioxide (the famous one everything else is measured against). But, when you compost straight from your kitchen, the food gets to break down aerobically (with oxygen) in the soil, improving the land's ability to produce plenty veggies again next season. Not only that, but the land can now absorb and store more carbon. Increasingly, climate scientists emphasize the role of the soil in sequestering all the carbon we've burned up into the atmosphere.
That means, if we can get Colorado Springs composting at a more significant scale, together we'd pack a threefold climate punch. We could:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- rebalance carbon into its natural sink;
- regenerate the land. By doing this here in our city, we could improve our soil's water retention, mitigating against erosion, drought and floods, while growing abundant veggies along the way.
You sign-up for Soil Cycle, the bike-powered hauler that collects household waste for local farmers to amendment their soil. A portion of the vegetables they grow gets donated back to our Fresh Food Connect program, which delivers freshly harvested veggies to neighborhoods that otherwise might not have them. And, because Soil Cycle is a social enterprise of Colorado Springs Food Rescue, proceeds benefit our charitable mission. So, by using Soil Cycle, you're not only managing your own waste responsibly, you're also investing in a sustainable local food system that works better for everyone.
It works like this. When you sign-up for Soil Cycle, you'll get everything you need to start composting. That includes a ventilated 3-gallon basket, thoughtfully designed to prevent stink and slime, with compostable bags. You'll also get a 5-gallon sealable bucket to put on your stoop or wherever's accessible. So, when your indoor basket gets full, take the bag out to the bucket. (Like taking out the trash, but in a feel-good sort of way.) Every Tuesday, we'll swing by on our souped-up bike trailer — thanks, Kids on Bikes! — to empty your bucket, leaving it squeaky clean for the week ahead. Oh, and you'll also get a primer on what can vs. can't be composted and as much information on the whole process as you can stand.
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