Approximately five years ago, St. Louis Composting began accepting food waste at its compost sites. This change has made many local businesses jump onboard with composting their food waste.
The demand for food waste composting services became so high that St. Louis Composting rolled out Total Organics Recycling, its sister company, in 2014. Total Organic now handles commercial waste from groceries, restaurants and institutions.
Total Organics collects food waste from customers via its special bins, while St. Louis Composting collects the food waste at its sites, which is dumped by customers themselves.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the details:
St. Louis is no Seattle, so it probably won’t be requiring food waste be kept out of landfills anytime soon.
But that hasn’t stopped local groceries and some restaurants from putting in a little extra effort to get their organic waste into composting facilities rather than taking it out with the trash.
“It was all going into the landfill,” said Greg Lehr, the produce category manager for St. Louis-based grocery chain Straub’s.