Scaling Up Composting in the Charlotte Region
Project Overview Through this project, the SPC will work with partners and Charlotte businesses to turn waste into value through composting food scraps and appropriate packaging. The composting of large-scale foodservice waste has the potential to take approximately one-third of the municipal solid waste stream out of landfills. The main objectives of this project are to demonstrate successful commercial-scale composting illustrating economic viability and to develop best practices to accelerate the rate at which sustainable materials management practices are adopted by government municipalities and private companies across the United States.
We would like to invite restaurants, retailers, institutions, business groups, and any other organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina that generate food waste to join our Charlotte Composting project. As a participant you will receive the following:
- Funding towards start-up costs
- Development of a customized collection system
- A phase-in plan as needed
- Training and educational signage
- Troubleshooting assistance
- Recognition as part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge Program (optional)
- Save money on landfilling and waste transport costs
- Reduce wear and tear on compactors
- Contain odors
- Reduce your environmental impact
- Be part of a regional sustainability effort
- Show your leadership
Thanks to Rubbermaid for donating bins to our initial participants for use in their kitchens!
Please contact Anne Bedarf if you are interested in participating, partnering, or would like to gain more information on the project.