Takoma Park composting and the glacial process of social and structural change
Today's Post has an article about Takoma Park, Maryland (a small city of with about 17,000 residents, although the city includes not just Old Town which most people are familiar with, but a more sprawling part further out) immediately abutting Northwest DC and their pilot food waste composting program involving 300 households. See "Coming to a curb near you: Compost collection."
Seattle has been collecting food waste since 2005 as part of the city's composting and waste collection program which began in 1989. Although the city still encourages backyard composting.
At this point, we should be less focused on heralding "new" "experiments" with composting food waste and be more focused on why we aren't adopting best or better practices.
Although note that Montgomery County, where Takoma Park is located, has an extensive yard waste diversion program and massively promotes backyard composting. The Leafgro® organic compost product available locally is produced in part from Montgomery County's leaf collection program.
See the past blog entries "Urban Composting" and "Urban Composting Redux."
2. The next direction in this kind of practice should be the provision of chipper/shredder services. (We can only burn in the fireplace so many twigs, branches, and firewood.)
3. And managing the urban forest also for revenue, although this is happening more in DC in terms of milling wood from fallen trees.