The benefits of food waste composting

On-site composting diverts tonnes of food waste from landfill, turning it into valuable resource, and helps businesses achieve improved sustainability.

Why should businesses compost on site?

Organisations across the globe are continually searching for ways to make their business models more sustainable, improve their carbon footprint and demonstrate their genuine commitment to looking after our planet.

The on-site composting of food waste can help companies with all the above – allowing them to reap ethical, environmental, resource and financial benefits, all at the same time.

The fact that there are over 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste generated globally each year is alarming, but if more businesses took the plunge to tackle their food waste more sustainably, this figure would drop significantly.

Composting at source has massive environmental benefits over anaerobic digestion too, as there is less transportation of waste involved – reducing business costs and carbon emissions.

In truth, on-site commercial composting can – and should – play a huge part in a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.

TONNES

1,300,000,000

TONNES

Did you know that every year across the globe 1,300,000,000 tonnes of food is lost or wasted?

TONNES

3,300,000,000

TONNES

Food waste’s annual carbon footprint is estimated at 3,300,000,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

PEOPLE

200,000,000

PEOPLE

From the food wasted in Europe alone, 200,000,000 people could be fed.

HECTARES

1,400,000,000

HECTARES

It’s a sad reality that around 1,400,000,000 hectares of land are used to grow food that’s lost or wasted.

What are the benefits of composting?

  • It helps to divert tonnes of food waste away from landfill
  • It turns food waste into a valuable resource
  • It enables companies to close the waste management loop
  • It saves thousands of pounds in off-site disposal costs
  • It reduces global greenhouse gases
  • It decreases pollution levels – less trucks on the road means cleaner air
  • It creates a nutrient-rich resource which can be used in growing projects.
  • It generates jobs – especially in city-wide food waste collection projects.
  • It improves the structure and quality of soil – promoting healthy plant and produce growth.
  • It makes the produce we grow more nutritious – meaning healthier, happier human beings!
  • It omits the need to use more synthetic, chemical fertilisers.
  • It eliminates our reliance upon using peat-based composts, which are damaging to the environment and peatland ecosystems.

Why put compost back in the ground?

Restoring soil health

One of the great things about compost, also known as ‘black gold’, is that it boosts soil’s organic matter, improving soil quality by reducing erosion and strengthening the structure. It acts as an overall nutrient provider replenishing lifeless soil with a fertile equivalent.

Increasing water capacity

By adding compost to soil, this can drastically boost the soil’s ability to hold water, meaning that plants and produce have a healthier environment in which to grow. Also, compost omits the need to use synthetic fertilisers which can contain harmful chemicals, helping to protect our natural environment.

Making commercial sense

By composting on site, organisations save money by removing the need for off-site disposal, but they can greatly reduce transport-related carbon emissions too. This activity also moves them further up the waste hierarchy into ‘prevention of waste’, and demonstrates their commitment to sustainability.

Improving air quality

It also helps to purify the air that we breathe. Nutrient-rich compost is a vital component in the carbon sequestration process, removing CO2 from our atmosphere and storing it in the ground, helping to rebalance our atmosphere and undo the effects of climate change.

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