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Friday, June 27, 2014


Some might say that there is too much buildup and residue at a cycle's last step. I believe that every cycle is unbalanced. Take the carbon cycle, for instance. Our autotrophs convert CO2 into O2, then through the respiration of almost every living organism, that O2 turns back into CO2. There probably was a happy balance in the system ages ago, but that balance is simply unprecedented in our times due to industrialization. The industrialization has been added to one side of the reaction, creating a lopsided equation (however, it wouldn't even be an equation anymore because the components on either side do not equal each other). Factors like these are the determining factors of whether cycles stay circular or whether cycles become increasingly partial, resulting in an ellipse or glob. But I am not here to talk about the amorphousness that our cycles have distorted into, rather I am here to emphasize on the solution and the need to direct our efforts, as a society, to correct this equation.  CompostNOW is here to do just that.

The home of CompostNow.

The immediate vibe given off by the building in which the CompostNOW headquarters are in is rustic and creative. Walking through the door, you could see a lounging area to your left, the workspace choc full of computers and notes in the back left corner, a meeting area separated by a wall to the right of the workspace, and tables and booths on your immediate right. It felt very eclectic but at the same time, motivational and inspirational.

We sat down with Justin Senkbeil in one of the booths to learn more about what his company does. First line that came out of his mouth was: "We deal with the last bit of the food cycle - putting the nutrients back into the soil." 50% of trash is organic but that can be reduced by adding a third container, next to your recycling and trash bins, dealing with composting. Now wouldn't that container become smelly? Well once a week, CompostNOW's team comes to your home/business/the like to pick up the container that is designed to keep the bugs out and the odor in (however you, yourself, can also play a role in the aroma for knowing the meats and protein tend to be more smelly than veggies).

Restaurant waste... :(

It's not only homes that need to hop on the bandwagon of composting, but restaurants too. Restaurants produce the most waste in terms of food. However, the toughest part of converting people, especially in a lagging community is the cultural aspect of it all. Look at San Fransisco, Seattle, Vancouver, etc. They all have laws that make composting mandatory for all people, homeowners to restaurants alike. We must all continue to strive for movement and change that result in benefits for all.

Ok, but why compost?

From this........
Think of a time when you hated eating a vegetable but the next time you tried that loathsome veggie, all of a sudden, it wasn't so bad anymore? Well, that change in heart was probably caused by more nutrients in the soil of which the "tastier" veggie came out of. So how could we increase the nutrients in our soil? There are a lot of options and methods but the 2 most salient of them all is either adding artificial-cancer-causing fertilizers or naturally composting with organics. Which option sounds better? Composting, of course. Now think of every time you plant a seed, in order to reap harvests, in the same soil you used the time before. In doing this, you deplete the soil of its nutrients more and more in every use. Composting produces healthier soil by giving back to the soil what it was deprived of when the food was grown there in the first place.

To this!!!

Win-win, eh?

Thank you Justin for informing us so much about what you do and what there is to be done!

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