Creating Community Through Composting
by Mary Beth Schaye and Liz Kunkle
Are you looking for a way to feel more connected and to make a difference, even while sheltering at home?
Reduce, collect, and compost your food waste! Was that a surprising suggestion? Reducing, collecting, and composting your food waste are great and easy ways to commune with nature, add nutrients to our soil, and reduce greenhouse gases.
Does that mean that you need to build and manage a compost pile in your backyard? You could do that (and there are lots of great online resources to get you started), but you don’t have to. You could have someone collect your food waste and compost it for you.
The Village of Winnetka staff recently identified three preferred providers of a bucket swap compost service. You can find them here on the Village’s website and decide which one you’d like to use: Home Composting Options.
Each of them is a little different and has different service areas. Check out their individual websites to see which one appeals to you. What they have in common is that they all provide a bucket with a lid, you fill it with your food waste, and they swap it out for a clean empty bucket.
Evanston-based, woman-owned Collective Resource Compost has the most experience in Winnetka and nearby communities. Collective Resource Compost began composting food waste from Hubbard Woods Elementary School in 2012. Many Winnetka residents already divert their household food scraps using their service.
Liz Kunkle has deep roots in Winnetka and a strong ecological ethic, heads Go Green Winnetka, serves on the Village’s Environmental and Forestry Commission, and more recently started working for Collective Resource Compost. Liz has extensive knowledge in all types of composting and is happy answer any questions and help you get started. She can be reached at liz.kunkle@gmail.
Let’s honor and protect our individual and collective homes. Keep your food waste out of the garbage and put it into a compost bucket or pile instead. We promise it will feel good and meaningful - because it is. In fact, it’s essential.