I started composting for the first time when I moved to the City.
That does not sound like it should be an accurate statement, right? But it is! You can learn more about how I started to compost in this previous post.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I decided to start keeping track of how much food waste I was collecting in my composting bucket. To do so, I first weighed an empty bucket with my hanging scale. Then when it was time for me to put out my bucket for pick up, I would weigh it again and subtract the weight of the empty bucket, leaving me with the correct amount of weight.
August through December of 2016, I diverted 51.36 pounds of organic waste from the landfill!
That is only the measurement of me (and sometimes K) contributing for only 5 months of the year. Think of what we could do in a whole year!
My bucket and I have now been through all the seasons together. In the spring, I kept a potted plant on top of it. In the summer, the bucket smelled a bit when it was opened so I tended to do that outside. In the fall, we were happy campers, and in the winter we have already worked through some freezing and thawing cycles.
I am so glad to have started this composting journey. Not only have I learned a lot, but everyone else around me has learned a lot whether they wanted to or not. K’s friends even ask him how the composting is going. I know it’s in jest, but at least they are talking about it!