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Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials into a rich soil. This process can be used to dispose of office food scraps and generate highly fertile soil. Compost bins designed specifically for the office environment can be placed in a kitchen or cafeteria. Alternatively, organic containers (e.g. paper bags) can be used to hold the food scraps until they’re transferred to a composting center.
Composting organic materials from the office’s solid waste stream not only provides a valuable nutrient to soils, but also reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and incinerators. In addition, composting also reducing the amount of solid waste from a business as well as the associated costs of disposal.
As of October 1, 2014, commercial organic material is banned from landfills in Massachusetts. This State law applies to all businesses and institutions in Massachusetts that dispose of one ton or more of food waste per week.