On the Radio: Iowa City businesses use composting to reduce waste


Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.
Compost pile. Photo by bunchofpants, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the efforts of Iowa City businesses to reduce waste through composting.

Businesses in and around Iowa City are using composting to reduce their impact on the environment.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Bluebird Diner, New Pioneer Co-op and four Iowa City-area Hy-Vee stores now have composting programs.

Composting helps produce healthier soil and it diverts food waste from landfills. Food waste produces the greenhouse gas methane while decomposing.

In addition to composting, some Hy-Vee stores also donate food to local charities to lower food waste.

The reduction in food waste through composting is significant. For instance, New Pioneer diverts 5 tons of food waste each month, and the four Hy-Vee stores combine to divert more than 40 tons per month.

For more information on composting in Iowa City, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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