Follow that Compost

Here is what happens to compostables after they're collected in San Francisco, one of the many municipalities that Recology helps bring closer to Zero Waste.

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Image above: "Follow That Compost," San Francisco Magazine, April 2013

Where does our compost come from?

Composting is the process of managing the natural decomposition of organic material. It involves moisture, oxygen, bacteria, and of course, organic matter... but where does that last ingredient come from? You might be surprised that what most people view simply as waste, Recology sees as a valuable resource. The materials we transform into compost, or our feedstock, are food scraps and yard trimmings collected from California and Oregon cities.

The materials we collect decompose because they are continuously eaten and recycled by millions of organisms, like earthworms, insects, and micro-organisms that turn the material into a valuable soil amendment. On a small scale, composting involves mixing food scraps and yard trimmings in a small kitchen or backyard container. On a large scale, it involves environmentally friendly processes at our composting facilities that accelerate decomposition of organic materials and help nature to create compost that supports healthy root systems and improves soil structure.