Peoria County’s Sustainability and Resource Conservation Department is excited to be partnering with Better Earth Logistics to bring commercial composting to our area.
In September Peoria County purchased 100 composting carts for free use by businesses who sign up for hauling services from Better Earth Logistics. These carts are comparable to garbage and recycling carts that residents use. This is part of a two-year pilot program between organizations to decrease food waste in the landfill and increase beneficial use of compost material.
Better Earth Logistics is already working with Bradley University and a few small eateries. Composting commercially involves separating food scraps and organic material from waste and recyclable material. An example would be a restaurant diverting prep scrap like potato peelings and carrot tops to a compost bin, instead of the landfill. This commercial composting program accepts bones, meat and dairy products allowing most food waste and soiled paper to be diverted from the landfill. The end product of the composting process is used as a soil amendment to provide better infiltration of water and organic nutrients for plant growth.
“We are excited Better Earth Logistics is offering food scrap collection for businesses in the Peoria area” says Becca Cottrell, Peoria County’s Recycling and Resource Conservation Educator. “We invite other Peoria County businesses and organizations to join in this initiative.”
Peoria County also implemented a composting program at Heddington Oaks, our long-term care facility. Staff were trained, and the program began the first of November. This provides an opportunity for Peoria County to reduce landfill waste and divert useful nutrients back to the soil.
For more information on Peoria County’s sustainability projects, please contact Becca Cottrell at (309) 679-6690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Luke Rosenbohm of Better Earth Logistics may be contacted at 309-397-0433 or email@example.com.
Composting is one aspect of a larger Peoria County Resource Management Plan. Food scraps and compostable organics comprise roughly 30 % of waste in Illinois landfills.