How to compost when you live in a city that doesn’t offer it

Happy Compost Day!  Actually there is no designated day for it anymore in my world, but recently I figured out how it can easily be done on any day you like.  When I first moved into my new temporary apartment in New Jersey at the beginning of this month one of the things I was sad to hear was that they didn’t offer a compost collection service.   Before when I was living in Upper Manhattan I had it easy: I would simply walk down the block, drop off my food scraps on a designated day and feel damn good about it.  To sum it up I basically was spoiled with luxury before, but now knew that it was going to take a bit more effort If i wanted to continue composting.

Although I didn’t really have a plan at the start I just began saving my scraps like I use to do, and figured that a last resort could always be dropping them off at a farmer’s market.  However I wasn’t too excited about the possibility of having to make a trip into the city on a specific date and time just to drop off some scraps, especially when my schedule is so random each week.  Well as the scrap bag in the fridge kept growing larger (3 weeks worth) I knew I needed to make a move soon so I started thinking outside the box.

Fortunately after a recent trip to Whole Foods to do some work in-between castings I  was struck with the realization that I should just start putting my scraps in the compost bin there.  It was like an “Aha” moment that made complete sense to me because I shop there, I hang there, so why not also compost there!  Also since they are open everyday there is really no inconvenience at all other than just simply bringing them to the store with you.  Well this excited me a lot to figure out because I know a lot of people in cities outside of New York don’t really have any options to compost, but most of those people live in moderate range of a Whole Foods store.  In the end I’m not saying this is the end all solution, but I think it’s a great option for those who live by one.  Also since food scraps rotting in landfills produce methane gas (which is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide), composting will contribute greatly to helping curve climate change.  What’s stopping you from starting today?

Check out my video of my composting adventure!

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