About one-third of our trash is organic material that can be composted. Organic material that can be composted includes, food scraps, food-soiled paper, and certified compostable products. Beltrami County’s new composting program allows residents and businesses to compost.
See the Organics Composting Guide for acceptable materials in Beltrami’s composting program.
Food scraps are collected and delivered to an industrial compost site where it is recycled into nutrient-rich compost soil. Nutrients from the food scraps help build healthy soil that can be used to grow more food.
If you have doubt throw it out, it can be difficult to throw something away when you think it might be compostable, but if you have doubts it must be thrown in the trash. You can also bring the item to the solid waste department to determine if you can compost it in the future. Excess contamination in the material is one factor that can hinder the success of the program.
On average, a family of four can lose at least $1500 a year on wasted food. Wasted food costs labor, resources, time, and money. Save the Food has tips and tools on how to meal prep, new recipes, and food storage to reduce food waste.