What is Organics Recycling? PDF Print E-mail

What do we consider organics recycling?

When we say organics recycling, we are referring to all activities that collect, process, and use organic waste derived materials. Many organic materials are collected from urban environments and transported to processing sites. In rural areas, opportunity to process on-site is building momentum. It is easily said that organics recycling can be a resource or economic development strategy as well as a waste management mechanism.

Most everyone is familiar with back yard compost or worm bin and yard debris collection. But the materials that can potentially be collected in the urban environment also include storm debris, food waste, biosolids, and residues from food or other manufacturing processes, just to name a few. In rural areas organics materials can be manure, field crop residues, and wood waste from logging and land clearing. A great deal of focus and attention has recently been directed at both on-farm composting (especially from a water quality perspective) and wood waste processing (from an air quality perspective).

These are just a few of the elements in organic waste recycling but opportunities to recover more resources grow each day. The variety of materials and processes that can be processed into value added resources are limited only by technology, innovation, and creativity. New methods and techniques appear in the industry on a regular basis.

 
Soils for Salmon

The Soils for Salmon project, begun by WORC in 1999, has spread awareness that the health of salmon and all our water resources depends on how we treat the soil, especially in developing urban and suburban areas. The project promotes "BMP's" (best management practices) for protecting native soil and restoring disturbed soils with compost. Learn more about soil, water, and current best practices regulations and specifications for builders, developers, designers, and homeowners at SoilsForSalmon.org.