At Cedar Grove, we often talk about “closing the loop on organics recycling” and bringing organics “full circle”. By that, we mean, not just putting your apple cores and banana peels into the compost collection bin on the kitchen counter and then dumping it weekly into the curbside cart but also making or purchasing compost and using it in garden beds to amend the soil, on the lawn as a top dressing, or in raingardens to prevent stormwater runoff.
The benefits to consumers who use compost and to the environment are many; including water retention, plant growth, reduced need for synthetic fertilizers and better stormwater management.
But we find that many people only know one side of the compost story – the first chapter, diverting organic materials from the landfill. The first chapter is a great and necessary chapter, providing tremendous environmental benefit locally. But the next chapter, which includes the important and vibrant image of the compost our community collectively generated returning to the earth, back to local gardens and farms, is an important chapter to the success of any residential or commercial recycling program.
At Cedar Grove, we are inspired by our customers that are committed to closing the loop on organics recycling; who don’t just see the value in diverting organics from the landfill but also in bringing that soil back to farms and garden beds to nourish new food.
Iconic Seattle Chef, Tom Douglas, inspires us. And, as anyone who knows him knows, he is the real deal. He walks the talk of sustainability and he doesn’t pay lip service to doing the right thing.
Earlier this month, we had the privilege of delivering 50 yards of certified organic compost to Tom Douglas’ Prosser Farm located in Prosser, Washington. In addition to growing food that goes directly to his popular Seattle restaurants, Tom is committed to recycling the food scraps from those restaurants with Cedar Grove and bringing the compost generated back to his farm.
If you didn’t catch Cedar Grove’s commercial featuring Tom Douglas, you can view it here: www.cedar-grove.com/about-us/movie
For more about Prosser Farm, you can visit: www.tomdouglas.com.