Waste to Wealth Policy Categories

Composting is an age-old process whose success has been well demonstrated in the U.S. and elsewhere. Composting facilities are far cheaper than landfills and incinerators. Adopting this approach would provide a rapid and cost-effective means to reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage in soils, and could have a substantial short-term impact on global warming. At the same time, compost can also restore depleted soils with nutrient-rich humus and organic matter, providing ancillary benefits that are not realized when systems of incineration and landfilling are used. Below you’ll find some model composting rules adopted by communities and states.