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Kudos: Blue Ribbon Organics Repurposes 50 Million Pounds of Food Waste

May 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
Blue Ribbon Organics achieved a milestone by composting 50 million pounds of food waste over the past 10 years. The composting facility turns food and yard residuals into compost, soil blends and mulch products for home and wholesale use. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one-fifth of total methane emissions in the U.S. comes from landfills. Instead of landfilling waste, Blue Ribbon closes the waste loop. They turn trash into treasure, preventing some of the most harmful greenhouse gas emissions along the way.

The University of California–Los Angeles Institute of the Environment and Sustainability notes that, “When compost is applied, the soil’s health increases as microbes grow and become more plentiful. These microbes sequester carbon in the soil.” Carbon sequestration is one way to address our changing climate. Applying local compost traps harmful emissions while making fruitful use of the waste that creates them in the first place.

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