Mayor's Food Saver Challenge Offers Community Composting

From the Nashville Scene, By Lesley Lassiter

At my former home in West Nashville, I took Metro’s advice and turned my old garbage can (replaced by Curby) into a compost bin. I dutifully collected kitchen scraps and deposited them into the bin regularly for about seven years. And then we sold the house and I had to figure out what to do with a stinky bin that was three-quarters full with rotting food. (Side note: avocado pits apparently take longer than seven years to break down).

So, uh, anyway, now Nashville residents have another option for their compostable waste: composting centers are now accepting food scraps, food-soiled compostable paper (those that aren't recyclable) and other items that are compostable (such as compostable cutlery). From the mayor’s office:

The Metro-Nashville Department of Public Works also announced that the public can now drop off their compostable material from home at both the East and Omohundro Convenience Centers. This new service means Davidson County residents will have an opportunity to recycle their food scraps and food-soiled paper through composting. The Department has also just launched a process to develop a “Zero Waste” Master Plan for Davidson County’s solid-waste stream, with opportunities for public involvement forthcoming. A phase-one audit of Metro’s waste stream indicated over a third of landfilled material is comprised of compostable organics.

This is great news for anyone who wants to help the environment by reducing landfill waste and/or doesn’t want rotting food stinking up their garbage can. That is, people who don’t really have an option for backyard composting on their own (or those of us who have failed in the past).

Collecting compost to take to a collection site isn’t as easy as tossing it out in the yard, but The Container Store has a really nifty system that makes it easy and stink-free. The bin is lined with a compostable bag, so it makes transport simple and mess-free. Metro also offers a bins (and composters) for sale. Of course, you can also use any bag that's compostable, or a bin that you can empty at the site, such as a five-gallon bucket with a lid.

More information about composting can be found on Metro's website.

Jay Sheridan