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Every D.C. Resident Could Have Curbside Compost Pickup In 5 Years

By Nicole Caldwell

If city planners in the nation’s capital have their way, every Washington, D.C., resident within the next five years will have curbside pickup for his or her food scraps. That move alone would mean taking more than three-quarters of city “trash” out of the waste stream and instead turning it into healthy dirt for farming, gardening, landscaping, and runoff prevention. 

It’s time to rethink what we consider “garbage.” 

The whole concept of garbage, or “waste,” is one that deserves a revisit. Finding innovative solutions to environmental problems requires a serious rethinking of the way society looks at excess. And more importantly, it requires a shift in purpose: from putting something in a landfill to finding a practical use for it that benefits the planet (and all the people on it). Leading that cause is composting, which takes up to 40 percent of what normally gets dumped in the garbage and turns it into viable, healthy soil.