Food Well Alliance began focusing on soil’s importance to our food system in 2014. Working with leading stakeholders like the Georgia Recycling Coalition, the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and leading urban growers and social enterprises, Food Well Alliance published its Community-based Composting Working Table White Paper, Closing the Loop: Food Waste in Atlanta in June 2017. 

Closing the Loop: Food Waste in Atlanta recommended that Food Well Alliance and other community partners “explore convening an Atlanta Community-based Composting Council with a concrete change that includes exploring opportunities to advance community-based composting, and its nexus with urban farming and community gardens in Metro Atlanta.” 

With generous support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Food Well Alliance is working closely with the Georgia Recycling Coalition to convene the Atlanta Community-Based Composting Council to increase community-based compost production to benefit Metro Atlanta’s urban farmers and community gardeners. The council held its initial kick-off convening in August 2017.

The council focuses on uniting and reaching consensus with diverse movement stakeholders such as urban farmers, community-based compost producers, federal, state, and local policy makers, and businesses such as NatureWorks and ERTH Products. The council will address regulatory issues, launch an awareness campaign, and work to showcase Metro Atlanta’s community-based composters for the 2018 US Composting Council Convention to be held in Atlanta in January 2018.

Stay tuned for more updates about council, and learn more about our supporting composting efforts in Atlanta.