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    Home Composting

    Diversion Potential:
    97K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:
    $149

    GHGs Reduced:
    53K Tons

    Jobs Created:
    0 Jobs

    Definition

    Keeping a small bin or pile for on-site waste at residential buildings to be managed locally; also known as "backyard composting"

    Challenges

    • After a few months, consumers may not maintain their compost pile.
    • For apartment dwellers or those in cold climates, it may be challenging to find a convenient location for the compost bin.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Cities that don’t offer curbside composting pick-up can provide grants or free systems, which should pay for themselves within three to five years through reduced collection costs and tipping fees.
    • The Roadmap estimates that 750,000 new households could feasibly begin home composting, which would require a massive consumer education and marketing campaign.
    • Consumers can create or purchase their own composting system. Typical costs range from free (utilize backyard materials) to $100.

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