So you’ve completed your waste audit, implemented a recycling program, and cut your waste by 30%. Your organization recycles plastics, paper, metals, and you reuse pallets. Congratulations! Want to take it up a notch? Start composting.

Like any sustainable practice, getting your team on board is essential to a successful composting program. If you don’t have the space for a compost bin or pile, seek out like-minded neighbors to collaborate. Find an out-of-the-way corner on your block to turn food scraps into high-quality dirt. Install countertop collection bins in the kitchen and break rooms, encouraging employees to compost food scraps and coffee grounds.

The cost of composting is nearly nil. You can repurpose existing waste bins, and purchase compostable bags to line them. These costs will likely be offset by savings. If you are worried about indoor odors, frequent disposal or keeping compost in a refrigerated area will eliminate unwanted stink.

Nervous about committing? Implement a pilot program to test and adjust where needed for success. Make sure your team is educated and engaged with internal recognition or rewards. Provide easy and quick training sessions. Make sure signs and instructions are clear and consistent.  Highlight the benefits of composting and share successful case studies.

Finally, maintain your compost facility and verify that the program is working efficiently. Celebrate your success! Offer compost to community gardens, or to employees for use at home. If space is available, plant a garden on location, to be nurtured and used by employees. The garden and its tasty produce will keep the climate healthier and your employees happier!