The City of Stamford picks up leaves once in the fall and Christmas trees once in the winter – which are composted. Stamford is piloting a food/organic compost program.
Stamford Recycling would like to provide some helpful links to encourage all residents and businesses to compost when possible because it is great for the environment and the City:
- Composting reduces waste that would otherwise be carted to landfills or incinerated
- Composting creates nutrient-rich soil that is great for gardening.
Residents who are not able to compost all of their own grass clippings and yard waste can bring them to the Katrina Recycling Center.
Businesses can bring their grass clippings, leaves, and yard waste to The Scale House.
Why is Composting Important for Our Future?
- “In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions”
- “In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month”
World Food Day - Food Waste: The Facts
- You can do something about it – compost!
- Compost benefits:
- Reduce Methane From Landfills - When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.
- Compost enriches soils.
- Compost offers economic benefits.
- Compost helps remediate contaminated soil.
- Compost helps prevent pollution.
- Click here to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency page on Sustainable Management of Food for more information.
- Compost benefits:
Why Make Compost at Home?
- At-home composting reduces the need to cart leaves and other organic matter off site. When you make your own compost, you don’t have to buy chemical fertilizers or mulch to feed your own lawn, shrubs flowers, and vegetables. (Source: Bedford 2020, Get the Dirt on Composting)
The Basics of How to Compost:
Don’t Trash Grass
Driven By Insights LLC 9-1-2015