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    The Washington Evergreen Chapter of SWANA is hosting a technical session titled "Material Diversion" on February 26th

     

    Composting vs Compostable: A Message from Oregon Composters

    Every year, the Pacific Northwest’s compost industry turns hundreds of thousands of tons of yard and food wastes into nutrient-rich compost for agriculture, nurseries, landscaping businesses and home gardens.The quality compost products that we create develop healthier and more resilient soil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycle nutrients, conserve water, and may reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. “Compostable” packaging and serviceware items have been on the rise for the past decade and they are increasingly ending up in our facilities. These materials compromise our composting programs and limit many of the environmental benefits of successful composting.

    Oregon's Composters have compiled an informative list of why compostable packaging and serviceware isn't accepted in curbside compost [PDF].