I’d like to clarify a couple of things I saw in last week’s letters regarding food scraps and EDCO’s new program that misunderstood the program.

I am a Master Composter and am working as part of Emerald Keepers to build composting sites at Coronado Elementary School to teach about the sciences behind composting, biology, chemistry, and entymology that facilitates it. It’s not a messy, smelly, bug laden process like regular garbage is.That is a common fallacy. Composting with food scraps is a historically beneficial reuse of resources that agriculture has used for centuries. I have three quick points.

First, EDCO is just implementing a new state law that requires food scraps from businesses and restaurants must be separated for composting. We, as residents, will be next for the mandate and are encouraged to start now. Why? Because, simply put, we are running out of landfill room. If we had to store all of our garbage, plastic trash and waste on the island, we’d have been composting years ago. It is a state mandate, not EDCO’s whim.

Second, methane emitted from landfills is 84 times more deadly and contributes that much more to climate change than carbon monoxide. Landfills create methane, so we want to reduce landfill garbage.

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations.

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO has constructed the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the needs of the region.It is a huge investment in our grandchildren’s future on EDCO’s part, and it is planning for the future. EDCO is doing their part to cut down on harmful methane emissions. We should do ours, too.

Third, composting does not smell (a common fallacy). Collecting a few wilted lettuce leaves, peelings from fruit and vegetables, rice, and other food scraps (no meats or oils, though) and mixing them with shredded-paper and other nitrogen and carbon based waste like yard clippings creates that earthy, wonderful compost most gardeners pay $10 a bag for. It’s free if you take the time and want to learn!. Your garden will turn into a blue ribbon winner, and the earth will thank you. Plus, you’ll be diverting garbage from landfills.

For more information on the program through EDCO click here to our city site https://www.coronado.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=746090&pageId=17448858 . For information on composting and the new set up at Coronado Elementary, join us at www.EmeraldKeepers.org .


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