With 2018 already underway, we wanted to set some exciting new goals and targets, like reaching zero waste. While we already reuse scrap wood and scrap metal for many of our products, we wanted to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce waste that ultimately ends up in a landfill. This led to one obvious solution: composting.
Working with another Richmond B Corp, Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE), which facilitates the collection and transportation of organic materials to a Virginia composting facility, we are one step closer to our long-term goal of zero waste. Marshall Hall, NOPE’s Director of Operations, streamlined the process for us, offering to help train our small staff on the ins and outs of composting to ensure as little contamination as possible. Only certain materials can be composted, though the composting facility accepts more materials (such as bones and scrap wood) than you may be able to compost at home.
After purchasing our stainless steel compost pail from fellow B Corp, Gardener’s Supply Company, and creating a snazzy plaque illustrating what materials can be composted, we were well underway! Since our materials are being sent to a composting facility, we are able to compost our wood scraps, food scraps, paper products, cardboard, and more.
A great perk of partnering with NOPE is that they offer a compost credit program. For every ton of organic waste collected and hauled away from Rivanna to the composting facility, we earn a “compost credit,” redeemable for 40 pounds of locally produced, nutrient rich compost. We are then able to use this compost in our landscaping projects or donate it to a local community garden.
Even if you don’t have a great facilitator like NOPE near you, don’t let that deter your office from composting. Food scraps and anything else that can be composted helps reduce our waste ending up in landfills. This Canadian video, though not entirely relevant to other locations, helps explain the benefits of composting. If you recently started composting, share with us how it’s going!