In Boulder, we are lucky to have curbside pickup for industrial composting. However, this is not the case for most cities throughout America. Composting is so important to living a zero-waste lifestyle because not only does it produce a rich fertilizer, but it also keeps food waste out of landfills. Roughly 30-40% of food that is bought ends up being thrown away and sadly, due to being trapped without air, food waste cannot break down in landfills.
So without industrial composting in your neighborhood, how can we keep food waste out of landfills? The answer is backyard composting! There are multiple ways to do this but the most common are open pile composting and vermicomposting (worm compost).