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Why Compost?

Composting is nature's way of recycling food and other organic materials, and has been a part of farming and household waste disposal for centuries.


Composting greatly reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. Much of the average municipal garbage stream is compostable. By composting rather than landfilling this material, greenhouse gas production is decreased and a nutrient-rich soil amendment is created.   

Composting is a small action that individuals, households, or organizations can make to help deal with waste in a more environmentally sustainable way. 

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How to Compost

 There are many ways to compost food scraps and organic materials. For example, in a home setting, this can be done in a backyard bin or pile. Food waste and carbon-rich organic materials (leaves, wood chips, cardboard) are combined to speed up the natural process of decomposition.

By partnering with NOPE, we take the work out of the composting process. Our team helps your organization get started with supplies and training. Simply add food scraps to your NOPE Compost Co. collection carts and we take care of the rest.

Our trained drivers transport the collected food scraps to a Virginia certified compost processing site. There, the food waste breaks down into a nutrient-rich finished compost. This amazing soil amendment can then be added to farms, gardens, plantings, or lawns to strengthen soil and encourage healthy plant growth. 

Environmental Impact 

Compost is important for healthy soils and healthy waterways.


Compost increases the health, structure, water-retention, and filtration capacity of soil. As a result, it is a valuable tool to limit stormwater erosion and protect against plant disease and soil degradation. 

As part of our mission, we give back finished compost to our organization partners to use on their own greenspaces or to donate to a local non-profit or community garden. 


Some of our favorite resources: 




US Composting Council


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