It's All About Compost!
Compost is the product of decomposed organic materials such as food and yard waste. The resulting mixture is rich in plant nutrients and beneficial organisms. Organic materials in landfills are one of the largest contributors of methane gas, and are also some of the easiest materials to recycle and compost.
In Nebraska, yard waste is banned from most landfills, which saves 150,000 tons of yard waste from going to the landfill annually. Many Nebraska landfills produce compost onsite with diverted yard waste materials. Contact your local landfill to see if compost is available to the public in your area.
Benefits of using compost are:
- Improves soil structure.
- Increases infiltration thus reducing erosion.
- Improves water holding capacity.
- Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
- Supplies organic matter to soils.
- Stores carbon in soil to protect climate.
Benefits of making compost are:
- Reduces organic waste from being landfilled or burned. Thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Increases interconnectedness with humans and nature.
- Builds community.
- Creates a circular economy.
The following are particpating compost producers in their general geographical areas:
- Lincoln: EarthFuel
- Firth: Prairieland Dairy
- Gretna/Omaha: Hillside Solutions/Soil Dynamics
- Omaha: Omagro
- Hershey: Bio-Ag Solutions
- Grand Island: Smart Soil, LLC
- Humphrey: Midwest Soilogix
If you are a Nebraska Compost Producer and want to be listed by name on this webpage, contact Nebraska Recycling Council.
In addition, Uribe Refuse Services in Lincoln offers residential and commerical food waste pickup services.
Omaha area contact Hillside Solutions for food waste pickup/drop off services.
If someone in your area of Nebraska offers food waste recycling options please contact Nebraska Recycling Council.
If you want to learn more about composting at home or your place of employment, reach out to Carina Olivetti at [email protected].
Consider becoming a member of Nebraska Recycling Council to access waste assessments and personalized resources. Join the Nebraska Composting Council to help grow composting activities across the state!