EcoMovement, a zero-waste company out of Portsmouth, is expanding its composting program to include food service facilities located within 25 miles of Concord. They will offer staff training, scheduled pick-ups and highlight facilities' efforts through Facebook and EcoMovement's website. The food scraps will be taken to a local farm, turned into rich compost and sold at the farm.
There are common myths that surround saving food scraps for compost. The one question that is most often asked is "Won't the food scraps generate an odor and attract rodents and pests?" It's actually the opposite when managed properly. Normally, the food waste ends up in the dumpster and is subject to the waste haulers schedule. With this successful composting collection program, food waste is stored in closeable 64 gallon containers and picked up on a regular schedule based on the amount generated by each individual facility. Staff is trained on how to determine what is compostable and how to properly manage the waste.