Recommendations for Meeting Compost Credits of TRUE Certification
Collect compostable separately from other materials: To ensure that organic waste is effectively diverted from the landfill, organizations should collect compostable materials separately from other waste streams. This involves providing separate bins for compostable materials and educating employees about what materials can and cannot be composted.
Compost, digest, or reuse yard trimmings: Organizations should compost, digest, or reuse yard trimmings to divert them from the landfill. This involves exploring options for on-site or off-site composting, or using yard trimmings for other purposes such as mulching.
Compost food scraps and/or soiled paper on-site: If space and staff are available, organizations can compost food scraps and/or soiled paper on-site. This involves setting up a composting system and ensuring that the materials are properly managed.
Compost food scraps and/or soiled paper off-site: If on-site composting is not feasible, organizations can explore off-site composting options, such as outdoor windrow systems or enclosed anaerobic digesters.
Utilize/reuse compost or mulch on-site: Organizations should utilize or reuse compost or mulch on-site to close the loop on their waste management system. This involves exploring options for using compost or mulch in landscaping, agriculture, or other on-site applications.
By following these recommendations, organizations can effectively manage their organic waste, divert materials from the landfill, and potentially generate revenue from the recovery of organic materials. Additionally, these efforts can contribute to a more sustainable resource management system and help organizations achieve TRUE certification.