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Composting reduces trash, provides organic matter

June 2, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), generation of municipal solid waste in this country, in 2008, was 249.6 million tons. That's the equivalent of about 4.5 pounds of waste per person per day. 12.7 percent of that was food, the third-largest waste stream, after paper and yard waste. That's something on the order of 32 million tons of food waste, of which less than 3 percent, or 1 million tons, was recycled. The other 31 million tons ended up in landfills or incinerators.



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