What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste is anything that was once alive. While food waste covers what we eat, organic waste casts a wider net. (According to an article about Organic Recycling in Rubicon)
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Organic waste includes:
- Bakery items
- Meat, poultry, and seafood (including bones and shells)
- Eggs and paper egg cartons
- Dairy products
- Coffee grounds (including paper filters)
- Tea bags
- Food-soiled paper products
Unfortunately, most of the organic waste items listed above end up in landfills. When organic waste is put in landfills, the bacteria that break down the waste creates methane. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas. When we divert organic waste brought to landfills, we put useful things to better use and reduce methane emissions.