Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NedCompost 101

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA

Did you know?

The NedComposting cycle
According to a recently published Report by The National Defense Resource Council (also supported by Jean Schwab from the EPA National Food Recovery Initiative and others), 40% of American food from its farm to table travels, ends in a landfill, creating methane, a major contributor to green house gasses and climate change.

We upright, walking, residents of the Nederland Mountain Region can help in solving this problem in two easy ways: 
  • By shopping wisely, buying produce that is perfectly edible even if it's less cosmetically attractive, cooking only the amount of food we need, and eating our leftovers. YES! 
  • By participating in diverting this rich resource from the landfill by either researching and creating your own back yard compost pile, or becoming a customer of Nederland's own local non-profit business, NedCompost. YEAH!
NedCompost is an up and coming non-profit business providing local, bicycle powered kitchen scrap collection and distribution of the resulting soil amendment which is composted in two one-thousand gallon Earth Tubs. 

We currently have six incredibly dedicated volunteers on staff, along with many other participants, collectively working 10 - 30 hours weekly to make this world a healthier place for all creatures great and small.

In February 2012, the Town of Nederland adopted Resolution 2012-11 Adoption of Boulder County Zero Waste Action Plan. It states, an estimated 1,084 tons of waste is generated in the Town of Nederland each year by residents, businesses, and institutions, and approximately 75% of this amount is sent for landfill disposal. NedCompost is doing its part in helping Nederland to reduce this percentage through composting.

Here is a link to Boulder County's Zero Waste Action Plan which outlines immediate, mid-term, and long-term plans to achieve a goal of "Zero Waste - or darn near" throughout Boulder County, including unincorporated areas, by 2025. It also includes resources like the Zero Waste Event Planning Guide. 

For more information on how you can get involved, please check out NedCompost's website: www.NedCompost.org.

About the Author: Dianne Fleming – is the chairwoman of NedCompost.

Dianne is a contributor to the NedSustainable blog,
active member of the Mountain Forum for Peace,
and a long-time resident of Nederland.

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