Composting is Caring

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Why Composting Matters

Turning Trash into Teasure

 In Michigan, 38% of the waste currently going to landfills is organic material such as clean wood, leaves, yard clippings, food scraps, some paper, and manures – all of which will turn into compost under the right conditions. In a landfill, however, organics produce methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Landfills also squander what could otherwise be valuable resources. Our goal is to reduce organic material going to landfills by over a third across a 10-county area before 2030 and, by doing so, invest in the regeneration of Michigan soils. Did you know that 80% of organic waste is generated by individuals like us? This is a solution-space built for all of us to get involved in!

Of course, preventing waste in the first place and rescuing food to feed people are the best solutions. However, organic waste happens, and transforming it into feed for livestock and soil amendments like compost or biochar will avoid methane emissions and benefit Michigan lands in multiple ways.”

SEEDS Compost Manager Jo Jaczkowski turns a compost pile at Historic Barns Park. This 3-bin system manages the incoming collected compost from the Organic Waste Diversion Initiative. Schedule your visit to the SEEDS Compost Petting Zoo to learn more about how to get start home composting for your family!

Learn about biochar

More about methane

What is compost? 

How to get involved

What can we do?

The Northwest Michigan (NWMI) Organic Waste Diversion Advisory Partners, convened by SEEDS, has been hard at work on this systemic problem since 2018. With a comprehensive county-by-county Market Analysis (2022) in hand, bolstered by the State of Michigan’s recent push to have counties update their Materials Management Plans, and the growing interest and support from people like you, we are well on our way toward a realistic set of actionable plans that will meet or exceed our goals and regenerate Michigan soils by diverting the region’s organic waste away from landfills.

Northwest Michigan Organic Diversion Advisory Partners & Funders

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OWD Advisory Partner

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OWD Advisory Partner

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OWD Funder

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OWD Advisory Partner

OWD Advisory Partner

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More compost stories

From table to farm

Tabitha made it a personal goal and part of her New Years Resolution in 2024 to reduce her overall waste — starting with compost. Growing up on a farm Tabitha always had access to compost pile but since moving into an apartment in town, her pile looks a little different …

With 20 years under its belt, one of Traverse City’s  favorite restaurants Trattoria Stella always finds new ways to keep their menu and their experience fresh. In 2021, Stella’s partnered with SEEDS to divert organic waste from pre-consumer vegetable scraps though the SEEDS Farm at Historic Barns Park!