The Facts
National  and Local
Dump Facts
Composting Facts
Composting Stats
The EPA says:
In 2014 about 258 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in the US. Organic materials such as paper, yard trimmings and food were the largest component. Paper accounted for over 26 percent, and yard trimmings and food accounted for another 28.2 percent.
THE FACT: 30-50% of our "trash" is compostable!
Juneau buries 32,000 TONS of garbage in the landfill every year. You can do the math on that one!
 In 2014 BioCycle Magazine identified 198 U.S. communities with curbside collection of food scraps, representing 2.74 million households spread out over 19 states. Some of these are run by municipalities, while many are curbside subscription services, just like ours.
With over 100,000 pounds of material already composted, we look forward to sharing our expertise and expanding our services to the community. We thank you for keeping your organics out of the landfill and for allowing us to make a rich, local soil amendment to share with our growing community!
Why Compost?
Composting diverts material from landfills.
Landfilling organics is a waste of landfill space and produces
methane, a potent green house gas. When Juneau's landfill closes our trash will need to get barged 900 miles before being landfilled. 

Compost makes soils happy.
Compost is teeming with organisims that improve your garden ecosystem. Better nutrient exchange, soil structure, water holding capacity, and habitat. 

Composting closes the loop.
When we use food scraps and yard debris to make the stuff that will grow our new food, we create a looped system that allows for sustainable nutrient cycling.  Wastes cease to exist because they have become resources!I

Composting is a scientific and magical process!
It's a hands on form of reycling that anyone can participate in, from start to finish, and beyond. (Can't say that about recycling your plastic bottles!)

Check it out:
The following comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (, a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission.

Check out their website to find out more about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of composting!