Let’s be honest for a moment. How much food does your household throw away on a weekly basis? Probably a lot more than you’d care to admit. According to Ashley Krug, Market Development Coordinator for the City of Springfield Environmental Services, it’s estimated that 400 pounds of food per person is thrown away every single year, totaling about $1,500 per family of four. That’s a lot of forgotten food rotting in our landfill.
While careful meal planning is important to decreasing the amount of discarded food in your home, some waste is inevitable. Through the Dish to Dirt program, Krug and the Springfield Environmental Services team are working to educate Springfield community members on the ease of home composting. Workshops guide attendees through an educational workbook, and everyone goes home with two free compost bins—one for the kitchen counter to collect scraps, and a closed composting system for the backyard. “We’ve had about 400 people go through our Dish to Dirt classes so far. And we started it last year,” Krug says.