28 Sep '12, 1pm
Why haven't all U.S. cities embraced composting?
Written by Barry Caldwell, Waste Management Among the many waste-related environmental questions we get often – and one that’s lately been posed as a direct challenge to us – is: “Why are there barriers to composting in U.S. communities?” The answer typically depends on where you live. Some communities already have made tremendous strides in developing large-scale organics processing capabilities and local infrastructure. Therefore, these towns can readily offer options for their residents and businesses to participate actively in local organics collections programs. Other communities have not made much progress or none at all. But many want to move toward this emerging diversion – and conversion – of waste into alternative uses. It’s a complicated topic. But one thing is clear: when you look closely at the dynamics involved, there’s a pattern to what helps to catalyze lar...