Food is the largest component of our garbage by weight, at 17 percent in Washington and 21 percent nationwide. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, about 40 percent of the food grown in the United States isn’t eaten. Meanwhile, about 15 percent of our population doesn’t know where their next meal will come from.
One way Ecology is working on this problem is by composting food scraps at our offices. Composting provides a valuable product that improves soil health. We’re sharing various ways we compost at different offices to inspire food-waste prevention efforts at your workplace.
But what do we do with all that nutrient-rich compost at the Lacey office? Volunteers use it to enrich the soil of the Thurston County Food Bank garden we host on campus. Just last year, volunteers from Ecology and the community harvested 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for the food bank. We have high hopes for totals this year, as volunteers have logged over 200 hours in the garden. In total, Ecology’s garden has grown over 5,000 pounds of produce that has been donated to hungry community members.
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We can help you compost at the office (or home)
We hope that by sharing ways our offices are reducing food waste by composting, you might be inspired to do it yourself.
- Learn more on our Food Waste Prevention and Compost & Healthy Soil web pages.
- Read our Garden Talk series right here on the ECOconnect blog.
- Contact Michelle Andrews (360-407-6113) with questions about how you can prevent food waste or to schedule a tour of a composting system at one of our offices.