Recycling things like cardboard, plastic, glass and even light bulbs comes second nature to a lot of facility managers. But what about food waste? Your facility is a great source of organic material. From meal scraps to lawn trimmings, there’s a lot you’re wasting if your facility isn’t composting.
Here are some tips to help you integrate composting into your facility waste management regimen:
Assess Your Facility
You need to decide if your facility is a good candidate for composting. Think about:
- the amount and type of organic waste that’s generated
- the space you have or don’t have for on-site composting
- the amount of effort your facility can practicably commit to maintaining your on-site compost system
- the amount of money it will cost
- the amount of money you’re willing to dedicate to implementing a composting system
Your composting program’s considerations should be defined by the specific number of employees and the amount of waste they create on a regular basis.
If you don’t have room or access to an outdoor area where you can construct a compost bin, consider vermicomposting indoors. Vermicomposting involves using worms to take care of the composting for you, in an indoor area. Worms are more than happy to eat your food scraps. And breathable compost bins can be placed beneath a break room sink or even in a utility closet. It may sound strange if you’ve never heard of the concept, but vermicomposting produces high-quality compost and is virtually effortless to maintain.