Nothing Goes to Waste: Re-soil Success Story
May 27, 2016
As the largest food bank in South Carolina, we produced 750,000 pounds or 375 tons of organic waste from food product donations and purchases last year. Recognizing we could not continue to send this much compostable waste to local landfills, we began to look at ways of composting, either as an internal function of the food bank or externally with a partner agency.
In the spring of 2016, we joined the Stop Food Waste South Carolina collaborative. This group is a consortium of public and private organizations who came together to ensure food that still meets appropriate food safety guidelines is donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and other organizations that feed those in need in our state.
Stop Food Waste South Carolina also looks at ways to assist businesses and industries in increasing the amount of organic waste that is composted versus finding its way to landfills annually. It is at the initial meeting of this group where we first met representatives of Re-Soil (pictured above), the Midland's first composting company located in Elgin, South Carolina.
Conversations during that meeting led to follow-up discussions and a pilot project with Re-Soil. However, we have experienced challenges in staging organic waste for delivery and composting. Yet, since April of 2016, 10,000 pounds or 5 tons of organic waste has been composted and diverted from landfills. As challenges are overcome, it is anticipated that this process will divert approximately 60 tons of organic waste per year from local landfills.
We are thrilled to find innovative new ways to improve our local environment with Re-soil!