Can organic waste be reclaimed to reduce negative impact on land, air and water?
Yes! About 30% of our trash is organic waste from yard greenery and kitchen scraps. Open burning is illegal in the state of Hawai‘i. When organics are left in landfills anaerobic decomposition (because of the lack of oxygen) generates landfill gases including methane. While methane is a key ingredient of naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas (natural gas), a high efficient energy form, keeping organic matter out of the landfill will reduce carbon dioxide and human-made methane emissions, which are greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
Compost is dark, crumbly decomposing organic matter essential to healthy soil. The most simple and cost-effective method for recycling greenwaste and food waste is to compost at your home, farm, school or business. Compost is a valuable resource for growing plants and food. By composting on-site, you have the added benefit of avoiding the transportation costs associated with hauling greenwaste and/or food waste to another location for recycling or disposal. Composting can divert up to 54% of household waste from the landfill and create garden gold for healthy, nutritious plants.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KEA’AU: Recycling & Reuse Center at Kea‘au Transfer Station
Instructors: Ann Hassler, Master Composter/Recycler & Marsha Hee, Recycle Hawai‘i
Workshop covers recycling tips, basic principles of composting and vermiculture (worm composting). Worms and worm bins will be available for purchase from the instructor.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KAILUA-KONA: West Hawai‘i Civic Center – Building G
Instructors: Tamar & Cameron Atsumi Workshop covers basic principles of composting and vermiculture (worm composting).
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WAIMEA: Hawai‘i Green Earth Farm
Instructors: Samantha Robinson & Noah Dodd Workshop covers basic principles of composting and bokashi (anaerobic fermentation process) method.