Organic Waste Diversion

EcoStrategies Project Portfolio


Northwestern Michigan 10-County Region

Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford




  • Bay Area Recycling for Charities
  • EGLE: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Emmet County
  • Michigan Recycling Coalition
  • Networks Northwest
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City


Did you know that, taken as a whole system, agriculture is the number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally?

Here’s a solution: let’s take the food wastes from this extractive system and transform them into a feedstock for regenerative food systems. Regenerative agricultural systems simultaneously improve soil health, retain water, support biodiversity, and frequently improve food justice! Locally, we can avoid thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gasses annually simply by getting our food scraps into a compost pile. That’s a solution we can all participate in – and support the regenerative revolution every time we do!

We are in the process of developing a realistic set of plans to divert at least 33% of our region’s food waste.

Read more about the recent report here.