The City of Springfield reports that food waste is the second-largest component of our collective waste stream, making up more than 12 percent of the waste that heads to the landfill every day. That adds up quickly to more than 31,000 tons of food and other organic material getting tossed into the landfill every year.
At B2 Cafe, we’re an eco-friendly restaurant in Springfield Missouri that is committed to reducing our carbon footprint with green business practices – practices that include regular composting. Not sure what composting is, or how you can compost in Springfield, MO? Read on for a crash course in this easy eco-friendly practice.
What is Composting?
Put simply, compost is just decayed organic material – and “organic material” can be a lot of things, from tomatoes to twigs to banana peels. Mixing organic matter together in a designated compost pile allows them to break down quickly, creating a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps gardens grow.
Composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of food waste in our community. It also creates a nutrient-rich fertilizer, which is a useful product for gardening and landscaping. Ultimately, it reduces the materials in the landfill and turns them into something productive.
Where Can I Get More Information About Composting?
The Springfield area is lucky to have several great resources for composting:
- The Springfield Compost Collective is a local nonprofit focused on spreading awareness about where our food waste goes and the impact it has on our environment. The Compost Collective focuses on food waste awareness through educational workshops, employment opportunities, compost production and community outreach.
- The City of Springfield also has composting information online. Dish to Dirt is the City’s home composting program focused on educating locals on composting practices. The program targets individuals in Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties, providing composting education opportunities and resources for composting materials.
What Materials Are Compostable?
You might be surprised by the sheer number of things that are compostable. Compostable items include food items, yard and garden waste – even fall lawn ornaments like pumpkins and bales of hay. A good rule of thumb is that most natural, non-processed items can be composted. A few examples of compostable items:
- Vegetable peels and seeds
- Fruit peels and seeds
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Hay or straw
- Grass clippings
- Wood chips
- Shredded paper
There are, of course, a few things you should never add to your compost pile:
- Dairy diseased plants
- Plants treated with pesticides or herbicides
Where Can I Bring Materials for Composting?
If you don’t have the time or space to build your own compost pile, you still have options. Springfield Compost Collective currently operates two community compost bins: one located at Ott’s Pasta in the Rountree neighborhood, and one at the Commercial Street Farmers Market every Saturday. They’re also in the planning stages for a new home compost pickup program. Be the first to hear about new compost options at SpringfieldCompostCollective.org.
Composting might sound intimidating, but in reality, it’s an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you produce. It can also be a gateway into a fun hobby like gardening.
At B2 Cafe, we’re a restaurant that is committed to reducing our food waste. We’re proud to be one of the Compost Collective’s designated Green in Greene County businesses, a distinction that goes to businesses which regularly compost, support a fair wage, recycle and buy local.
Want to do your part? A big part of reducing your footprint is supporting businesses that are committed to green business practices. Pay B2 Cafe a visit, or check out our full menu online for more information.