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Morgan Bast's Blog

Where does YOUR food go when you're through?

Okay, we all know where your food goes after you're done eating it. Let's not go there. This is a g-rated blog, please.

What we're talking about is where your food goes when it expires, you have too much, or you just don't use it. If you are one of the 32% of the public that uses one of 3,470 composting programs available in the United States, congratulations. If you're like the rest of America, shape up! Composting is easy, cheap, and your garden sure likes it. Click here for ideas on how to get started composting your own food scraps.

As for your favorite natural products retailer, they should have it in the bag. Grocery stores waste tons of food monthly with milk going sour, meat going unused, and generally everything fresh expiring. Stores that implement programs are not only helping Mother Earth but are saving money too. Market of Choice, out of Eugene, Ore., is paying $24 a ton for their compost, a third of what it would cost if they dumped it in the trash.

Think you need to get your store on track and start composting the 75% of your waste that currently goes to the dump? Check out this handbook. Created by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, this book will help any store do their part to compost.

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