Staggering Statistic: How Composting Could Slow Global Warming

July 10, 2015
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market
Staggering Statistic: How Composting Could Slow Global Warming

Next time you get ready to throw out those two-day-old leftovers, consider this: Americans generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year.

Composting that food instead of just throwing it in the garbage would hugely reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. When food waste sits in a land fill, it rots without oxygen, a process that produces methane gas.

When you compost your food waste, on the other hand, hardly any greenhouse gases are released. Improving soil quality and giving back to the environment is just an added bonus. To put it in perspective, composting would reduce greenhouse gases as much as taking 2 million cars off the road.

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  • Hello R

    I have to ask, have you ever worked in a landfill? Have you ever composted? They both produce methane gas which is a normal and natural part of decomposition. Does it affect global warming? Haven't seen any reliable facts or sources to back up your statements. The truth is there has been global warming ever since the last ice age. A long long time ago, the earth was much warmer, Florida was completely under water. If anything, global warming is the Earth's way of getting back to normal. Your rationalization is flawed just like the one that says using electric cars will reduce greenhouse gasses. (electric cars require power companies to produce more power which in turn means they have to produce more pollution. It only changes the location of the pollution.) :-)