Not interested in getting your hands dirty with all that compost? Worried it will make your back-yard stink? Luckily for you, in the U.S. there are around 100 cities that offer a curb-side compost option. These programs allow residents to receive a compost bin, just like a trash bin, that is picked up by the city and brought to an industrial composting facility. These programs are key to allowing people in the city to reduce waste! Lucky for me - Bellingham has such a program! Residents within a certain radius of Bellingham can pay $9.99 a month to have a FoodPlus! bin picked up bi-weekly. There is also a $19.99 a month option for businesses that is picked up weekly. I couldn't be happier with this program! Not only can you put food scraps in the bin, but also anything that is industrially compostable such as scotch tape, wax lined cups, and compostable silverware. To top it off, things such as meat and bones which can't usually be put in your home compost bin can be industrially composted through FoodPlus!
I highly recommend you sign-up for this program immediately if you are in Bellingham! I have spoken with Sanitary Services many times so don't hesitate to call them with questions! Here is their number: (360) 734-3490 and here is their website address as well Sanitary Services Whatcom County.
If you are reading this from some other city, do a quick internet search to see if you have access to curb-side composting. In a later post, I will discuss what to do if you don't have access to one!