Google, thank you for composting.

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This is what greeted us at Google’s sales division when we visited my cousin Grace who works there. It was a welcome sight to behold.  I was thrilled to see composting bins throughout the facility and cafeteria!

Composting diverts food waste from rotting in landfills and transforms something that harms the environment into nutrient-rich fertilizer.  In How To Grow More Vegetables, John Jeavons writes:  “Good compost is the most important part of the garden.  It aerates soil, breaks up clay, binds together sand, improves drainage, prevents erosion, neutralizes toxins, holds precious moisture, releases essential nutrients, and feeds the microbiotic life of the soil, creating healthy conditions for natural antibiotics, worms and beneficial fungi.”

To offer composting is going above and beyond. A company that takes time to develop and implement a zero waste management policy is extremely impressive. I really appreciate that Google goes out of the way to make it easy for employees to compost and recycle.

The green bins collect materials such as food waste including banana peels, apple cores, avocado skins, pistachio shells, meat bones, etc. and compostable paper goods and utensils. Check out Google’s campus eating operations.

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I believe Google can further reduce landfill trash by recycling soft plastics such as food and beverage packaging, ziploc bags, bread bags, saran wrap, condiment packets, etc. Basically all plastic film materials fall into the category of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and can be recycled with plastic bags accepted at local grocery stores.  Plastic-to-go containers, cups and lids can be washed out and added to their blue commingled recycling containers, along with aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic jugs, jars, cups, paper, etc.

According to Forbes, the US leads the world in trash production – yikes!  The EPA reports that 254 million tons of trash was generated in 2011.  Most of the waste is recyclable, such as paper and paperboard, food waste, yard trimmings, plastic, metal, glass, and plastics.  So a company the size of Google can make a really huge impact.

Thank you for composting Google!

What can you do today to recycle something you have not before?