Maine Composts Week Outline May 8-12, 2017
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Purpose: To engage the state of Maine on the topics of composting, anaerobic digestion, food insecurity, solid waste/materials management to: 1) promote business and service providers who excel in organics management; 2) reduce wasted materials; 3) highlight best practices in organics management; 4) promote food scrap management being integrated in K-12 education, business practices, and household behavior; 5) provide resources that enable schools, business, households, communities and institutions to compost effectively; 6) promote food diversion as a first option to manage organic materials before composting to reduce food insecurity.
The Issue: Landfill capacity is limited and valuable. Presently Maine’s solid waste stream is 40% organic in nature. These materials, typically wet and dense, are also a valuable resource that when managed and processed properly, add value to society. Maine’s recycling (diversion) goal of 50% remains unmet and progress has plateaued in the past decade. By diverting 25% of all organic materials Maine could easily achieve its goal! Maine currently composts around 5% of its potentially compostable/digestible material.
In addition, Maine as well as much of the country, has a food security issue. Highlighting composting and other organics management processes as well as food diversion and food waste reduction are key ways to make inroads into this larger societal issue.
When: May 8-12, 2017 coinciding with International Compost Awareness Week (May 7-13, 2017)http://compostfoundation.org/icaw
Competitions Announced after Winter Holiday Break. Submission deadline April 15th for artistic/creative/media contents.