Saving the Planet with Compost!
May 11, 2017
In celebration of the 2017 International Compost Awareness Week, OCSD co-sponsored the production of “The Compost Story” a 7-minute video now available to view here.
What does food scrap and yard trimming recycling have to do with biosolids? How is OCSD doing our part on behalf of our residents?
Because biosolids is one of the “other compostable materials” covered by the video, the long list of benefits of compost applies to biosolids as well, and OCSD is proud to be doing our part with 100% of our 2017 biosolids production being recycled (none going to landfill). That’s about 285,000 tons towards maintaining the “regenerative loop of life.”
OCSD's soon-to-be-published Biosolids Master Plan recommends installing facilities to accept food waste, thereby providing a place for food waste to be treated and recycled to farms and re-establish the regenerative cycle for these food wastes that previously went to landfills.
What is the Long List of Benefits of Recycling Compostable Materials?
"Life on land without soil is impossible, and soil without life is dust." - The Compost Story
- Instead of trashing the building blocks of life, composting ensures these ingredients remain part the soil food web, and even super-charges it through the self-regenerating soil carbon pump cycles on and on to build soil, which is key to our life here on our planet.
- Compost relies on trillions of microbes, that ensure anything that lives can get re-purposed, and continue the regenerative cycle. These microbes have a synergistic relationship with plants (microbes feed plants, plants feed microbes).
- Composting transforms combinations of organic materials such as mulch, manure (or biosolids), food waste, and yard scraps into nutrient available, life-filled organic matter
- Composting mimics this natural upcycling process, creating biodiversity of ecosystems
- Properly made compost can save the future of life with fertile farms, tastier foods, fewer chemicals. Compost uses its super powers to rescue the future of the planet by:
- Enhancing food nutrition and taste
- Increasing crop yields
- Strengthening plants’ immune systems
- Increasing soils’ water holding capacity
- Stimulating plant growth by bringing in microbial life, nutrients, water retaining humus to depleted soils
- By increasing plant life to take more carbon out of the atmosphere, helps reverse climate change
- Being not just a fertilizer but an essential microbial source aka a pro-biotic for soils
- Turning land to fertile soil
- Addressing food security and desertification issues
- Replacing and reducing the use of farming chemicals
- Rebuilding the natural cycle to fix the broken agricultural cycle that robs carbon and biology from soil to feed cities, which leads to degradation and desertification
How can I help save the Participate in Regeneration of our Planet?
- Compost at home, use your green compostable bin, request a bin, or find a neighbor that can recycle your compostables for you.
- Put ONLY compostables in green bins and keep toxins and trash out of recyclable yard bins!
- Support composting by sharing The Compost Story and making a pledge to compost on their website: http://kisstheground.com/thecompoststory/
- Check out OCSD's photo galleries for our employee's use of compost and OCSD's use of compost onsite.