About 25% of household trash is organic waste from table scraps. This waste is biodegradable, yet typically is put out for weekly garbage pick-up. This contributes to foul odors and attracts unwanted pests, such as vermin. Once disposed of in a landfill and buried, the degradation of organic waste is slowed due to anaerobic conditions (lack of oxygen).

We have researched two different approaches to composting food waste at the EIC in the past, including vermicomposting (composting with worms,) and blatticomposting (composting with roaches.)