How to find a place to compost your wedding scraps when you don’t know anything about the area
June 8, 2009
Step 1: Decide you want to compost your wedding scraps.
Step 2: Also decide to use compostable serviceware (plates, utensils, etc.). This is only a benefit if you decide to actually compost; throwing compostable stuff into the garbage is basically as bad as throwing away the regular stuff; it releases methane (one of the top greenhouse gases) in landfills and is no good to anyone. There are many cool options; I haven’t decided what we’re going to use yet. Anyone have any suggestions? Right now I’m looking at Worldcentric (made of bagasse, or leftover sugarcane fibers), BiodegradableStore.com (various materials), Branch (mostly bagasse), etc. More or less comparison shopping. I also love Verterra, but it’s a little out of our budget.
Step 3: Search Google for your location and composting; i.e. “chestertown maryland composting.”
Step 4: Find results for the Warrington Foundation or similar composting organization. Use contact info to e-mail wedding situation.
Step 5: They e-mail back and let me know that they work with agricultural compost, and can’t do regular food scraps. But they suggest contacting the local college, Washington College.
Step 6: Procrastinate, and maybe do other important things like order invitations (next post!).
Step 7: Caterer e-mails me with list of supplies he’ll need…oh, and by the way, his parents (living in Chestertown), would be happy to compost the non-meat scraps and serveware!
Step 8: Celebrate and write blog entry!
So I kind of lucked out. But seriously, don’t give up if composting is something you want to do! Contact local schools and state departments, or if you happen to live in an awesome city like Seattle that has composting programs, take advantage of it! But first, ask your caterer if he/she has any advice. 🙂
p.s. I’m also hoarding yogurt containers (the big ones) and the like that I’ll provide to my guests in case they want to take leftovers home. No need to buy specialized carry-out containers! (They’ll be washed, I promise.)