July: Compost + Gardening
We had a lovely meet-up in a new location for TrashTalk in July - nine of us met up at the Hennepin County Library in Northeast Minneapolis and it was delightful! Read on to learn about what we discussed!
The average american
generates 1 lb of food waste per
day, and 4 lb of trash per day.
Some local advocates for composting:
Vermicomposting - A good option for those in apartments or small spaces without yards for bins
BPI certified - needs to be certified compostable because companies will mark something as biodegradable but may not actually be biodegradable
Contamination is a big problem with composting - if a certain percentage of a truck load is contaminated (10-20% usually), the truck gets sent back, though Minneapolis has a decent record of low contamination in its curbside organics recycling program (0.5% as of 2017).
Social benefits, mental health benefits of greening spaces
Getchipdrop.com - mulching
comes from arborists
Burlap also is a good weed barrier, compostable, breaks down
Coffee Chaff - Tiny Footprint Coffee, Brooklyn Center
Falling Fruit - app
Map feature, people crowdsource where fruit trees are