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A local company is providing an at-your-door composting service to help the community produce zero waste. WBZ-TV’s Sarah Wroblewski reports.
PAULA EBBEN: In tonight’s Eye on Earth, the mission is simple– compost, grow, eat, repeat.
ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ: That’s what one local company is helping people do. As WBZ’s Sarah Wroblewski shows us, their services start right at your door.
Food scrap recycling is something that we have to do.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: Black Earth Compost is a local company that has a green solution for the overwhelming trash problem in Massachusetts.
ANDREW BROUSSEAU: Massachusetts recognized that there’s a large problem looming. There’s no new landfills opening, there’s no new incinerators opening. And so in 2014, they put a ban on food scraps going to those facilities.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And because of that ban, curbside composting is taking off.
ANDY PETERSON: Love it, love it. Puts food scraps back to work.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: Customers fill a bin with compostable items, put it on the curb, and a company truck picks it up each week.
ANDY PETERSON: It couldn’t be easier. And what I particularly like about it is that our throw away landfill trash is probably a 1/2 to 2/3, depending on the week, of what we used to throw away.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: Food waste is collected from homes, to commercial companies, and brought to a regional facility like this one.
This brand new facility here in Groton will soon be able to process food scraps from your table and turn it into compost to help you grow food.
ANDREW BROUSSEAU: We provide the compost, the soil, the raised bed, and the plants.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: A full circle in sustainability. Customers get a bag of compost in return from their weekly scraps. And if it’s used in the garden, you can make a small step in fighting climate change.
ANDREW BROUSSEAU: Greens, for example, have a higher carbon footprint because of all the refrigeration and short shelf life at the grocery store. So growing them at home is a big, positive impact on your carbon footprint.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And the CEO says that climate change is just one of the big problems Black Earth Compost is trying to fix.
CONNOR MILLER: Compost is a nice carbon sink. It stores carbon long term in the soil. And it also, through growing plants, they pull CO2 out of the air. It’s just the simplest thing people can do right now to have an impact.
SARAH WROBLEWSKI: To learn more about Black Earth Compost, and for pickup in your neighborhood, you can visit our website, CBSBoston.com. I’m meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski, WBZ News.
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