Global Green USA, a not-for-profit fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future, has announced the results from its food scrap reduction and composting program, which serviced 31 new buildings in 10 cities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas in 2016 and 2017.
With the program, Global Green educated more than 650 households on the benefits of composting food scraps and provided valuable training and resources, which led to nearly 85,000 lbs. of organic waste being composted.
These results were achieved through the cradle-to-cradle explanation of organics diversion to help residents feel a deeper understanding of why food scrap diversion is important. Through an innovative community “Eco-Ambassador” Program, Global Green was able to exceed its goal of 500 multi-family building residents, reaching more than 650 households through its grassroots outreach method that included informational brochures, one-on-one discussions and overcoming language barriers through translated materials in Spanish, Chinese and Russian and outreach with bilingual staff.
“The idea is to create a culture within our resident communities and also with our partners and management agencies to develop ways to improve the resident experience by including things like composting,” said Les McCabe, president and CEO of Global Green, in a statement. “We have seen firsthand the many ways communities benefit from adopting composting and waste management programs, beyond the positive environmental implications.”
Through the continued support of The Walmart Foundation, Global Green will embark on phase two of the project, helping to grow composting programs in existing areas while expanding markets by aligning urban planning practices with the geographic distribution of waste processing sites, and working to improve urban soil through the incorporation of compost use into green building and landscape design.