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Green and Food Waste Information

Did you know that 30% of what goes into our city landfills is Green Waste ?
Green Waste (also called yard waste) consists of leaves, tree trimmings, weeds, grass, and other organic materials.

Green Waste is a valuable source that can be recycled for a variety of uses.
About 72% of Food Waste can be diverted from landfills and turned into compost.
Composting 21 million tons of Food Waste has the same environmental benefits as taking 2,000,000 cars off the road.

What is compost?

Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material into a humus rich soil amendment known as compost.



What can be composted?

Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, breads, unbleached paper, napkins, coffee filters, eggshells, meats, and newspaper can be composted.  If it can be eaten or grown in a field, it can be composted.

It is estimated the food wastes can account for as much as 50% of the material a restaurant, food processor, or cafeteria discards in the refuse bins that are destined for our landfills.  

At Garick, we believe in recycling and are committed to the concept of sustainability.  We believe all organic waste, tree trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, discarded plants, and land clearing debris should not be burned or land filled, but reprocessed into organic soils and mulches and placed back into the earth; thus, enhancing people’s lives and the environment®

We are focused and committed to this vision and mission.  Products such as compost not only enrich our soils, but also act as a natural insect inhibitor, reducing the need for insecticides. Compost can be used to control and reduce water runoff as well as prevent erosion.  It is indeed Nature’s Helper® .

Reducing, reusing, recycling, and rebuying

are key to diverting organic materials from landfills or incinerators and protecting human health and our land, air, and water.  Waste reduction and recycling prevents greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, reduces pollutants, saves energy, conserves resources, and reduces the need for new disposal facilities.

According to the EPA, the decomposition of food and other waste in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  Landfills are the largest human-related source of methane in the United States, accounting for 34% of all methane emissions.  Recovery and recycling (i.e. composting) diverts organic materials from landfills and incinerators, thereby reducing GHG emissions from landfills; thus, increasing the lifespan of our landfills and reducing waste combustion.

Now you too can be a leader in protecting our environment by doing the right thing with your green and food waste.

For more information on Garick’s acceptance of Green and Food Waste, please contact 800-242-7425 x166.

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