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Can you imagine if we had to practice social distancing and stay at home in the middle of winter? I am grateful this is happening during spring when we can get outside to enjoy nature and do some work in the yard, like gardening and composting. 

Next week, May 3-9, is International Compost Awareness Week. The theme of this year's celebration is "Soil Loves Compost," highlighting what compost can mean for our gardens, communities, and the health of our environment. 

An important thing to celebrate about compost is the huge impact it can have on food waste diversion. Food waste comprises roughly 22% of all landfill volume, making it the single largest category of municipal solid waste in America (REFED, 2019). With an average national recycling rate of 5.3%, wasted food is also one of the least recycled waste streams (EPA, 2015). Composting can help reverse these percentages! Our feature below is  about a group Eco Partners actively supports which is working to address wasted food in Indiana with composting.

We would love to work with you to help spread the word about composting and all your community solid waste programs. Please give me a call or email me.

Keep on composting! 

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners
317-450-3346
The State of Compost
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Many states are studying their solid waste streams and seeking ways to both reduce food waste and find ways to reuse or recycle it. 

Eco Partners Vice President, Gary Roe, has been active for several years on the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative (IFSI) and in its Food Waste Composting Strategy Group. The strategy group is sponsored by the Indiana Recycling Coalition and is focused on increasing the rate of food waste composting in the state of Indiana. The group recently developed a white paper on food waste composting. 

To learn about the strategies the group used to help create the white paper and f or a link to their work and findings, check out our blog post .

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