BioCycle: Atlanta, Georgia: Increasing Community Composting

 Photo from full composting round up - Photo courtesy Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies 

Photo from full composting round up - Photo courtesy Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies 

BioCycleSeptember 2017, Vol. 58, No. 8, p. 16

The Food Well Alliance in Atlanta, formed more than 2 years ago to “connect people and build community through food,” released a white paper prepared by a community-based Compost Working Table facilitated by the Alliance. “Closing The Loop: Food Waste In Atlanta,” identifies 78 challenges and 62 opportunities for increasing community-based composting in Metro Atlanta. The Working Table, comprised of 26 leaders from diverse organizations who recognize that efficient food residual recovery and management promotes healthy soil which leads to healthy food, provided nine strategic recommendations to increase community-based composting in Metro Atlanta.

The recommendations include:
• Increase awareness among millennials on the importance of healthy soil.
• Establish a “hub and spoke” system to increase compost production.
• Encourage community agriculture stakeholders to collaborate on identifying funding sources.
• Encourage the Atlanta Community-based Composting Council and Georgia Restaurant Association to leverage technology and implement training to reduce feedstock contamination.
• Provide annual community-based compost operator training.
• Develop a statewide soil strategy.

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