New Food Waste Collection Service Offered in Orange County, CA

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Mobile Compost Service is a new company that will offer weekly pick-up of organic materials from residential customers. The company will provide to the customer a kitchen collection bucket, into which the customer will add their food waste they otherwise would throw in the trash. Once a week, on a fuel efficient schedule, Mobile Compost Service will collect the contents of the buckets. That content will be turned into compost, a nutrient rich, organic soil amendment.

"Waste is a part of everyone’s daily life and waste disposal is a part of our foreseeable future. The more we recycle, the less we bury, and the more we will be able to protect and preserve Orange County." (OC Waste & Recycling)

Mobile Compost Service is a new company that will offer weekly pick-up of organic materials from residential customers. The company will provide to the customer a kitchen collection bucket, into which the customer will add their food waste they otherwise would throw in the trash. Once a week, on a fuel efficient schedule, Mobile Compost Service will collect the contents of the buckets. That content will be turned into compost, a nutrient rich, organic soil amendment.

Every year, approximately 30 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills. That food waste, under typical anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions that exist in landfills, produces methane gas and nitrous oxide, which are potent greenhouse gases. Methane gas is 21 times, and nitrous oxide is roughly 300 times, worse than carbon dioxide for the environment.

According to the US EPA, landfills emit about 6.3 million metric tons of methane (equivalent to 132 million metric tons of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. The CA Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 has mandated that 50% of solid waste be diverted from landfills.

One solution for food waste abatement in landfills is composting. According to howtocompost.org: "Composting is an excellent way to avoid both wasting useful, natural resources and creating environmental problems, while at the same time producing a high quality and inexpensive soil amendment."

Home composting can eliminate approximately 500 tons/year of food waste per person from entering landfills. However, not everyone has the time or space to compost at home. Some cities in the U.S. offer curbside recycling of organic materials through their municipal waste companies. But as of yet, there are few, if any, municipalities in Orange County that provide that service for residents.

This is where Mobile Compost Service comes in - providing an affordable weekly pick-up service of organic materials to Orange County residents. Residents can feel good about diverting food waste from landfills, and in return help to create compost.

As part of the monthly service plan, Mobile Compost Service will return finished compost to its customers. Mobile Compost Service is also working on partnering with a charitable organization to donate some finished compost. This business is about giving back - to nature, to customers and to communities.

An added bonus offered by Mobile Compost Service with its monthly service plan is free e-waste pick up. Once a month, Mobile Compost Service will also pick up small e-waste items such as batteries, cell phones and power cords, and take them to an E-Waste recycle site. Why would a composting company pick up e-waste? Because Mobile Compost Service truly cares about helping the environment, and wants to make it easier for everyone to divert potentially toxic materials that otherwise would end up in landfills.

The founder and owner, Jennifer Wechsler, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Davis, California in Environmental Horticulture. Jennifer has always been dedicated to preserving the environment and is excited to collect organics and create compost for her customers.

Service will start on November 1, 2010, initially for South Orange County residential customers. The company hopes to expand service to other areas and include business customers as well.

To sign up now, contact Jennifer Wechsler at (949) 375-0137, or send an email to signup(at)mobilecompostservice(dot)com.

More information can be found at http://www.mobilecompostservice.com or info(at)mobilecompostservice(dot)com.

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