Composting is inherently local; it supports local green jobs, farmers and other businesses. Indeed, farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. They also have land, a necessary factor for developing the capacity to compost. State permitting rules can facilitate on-farm and other small-scale operators, thus helping to expand and diversify the composting infrastructure.
ILSR’s article in BioCycle features efforts in 11 states to get farms and other small-scale operators to compost, especially food scraps. To access the article, click the following link: Supportive Rules For Small-Scale Composting from BioCycle’s June 2012 issue, pp 21-24. These state policies are also featured on our Composting Rules webpage.