ETS capitalizes on the growing demand for organic green waste recycling by providing environmental and economic sustainability offerings to the marketplace, including the technology and infrastructure needed to convert these organic wastes into valuable products. ETS provides customizable and easily applicable environmental solutions for municipalities seeking to extend landfill life and existing host fees, reduce current waste management disposal and transportation costs, capture value from the organics they manage, and meet the sustainability goals demanded by residential, commercial and municipal customers.
While 65% of yard waste is diverted for recycling, less than 50% is being earmarked for beneficial uses, such as high-end compost. Only 2.5% of food waste is currently being recycled. Although 50% of bio-solids are being land applied, a significant volume is still routed to landfills and incinerators.
Benefits of Organic Waste Management
ETS compost has a number of positive environmental and technical benefits:
- Composting organic material reduces more GHG emissions than landfilling with energy recovery systems.
- Compost derived from green waste is a cost-effective, direct substitute for other more costly fertilizers and topsoils.
- Compost can significantly reduce agricultural energy demand – plants grown in compost-rich soil require less irrigation because root systems gain increased infiltration and storage capacity, water runoff and evaporation-levels are reduced, and fewer weeds result in less water-diversion.
- Composting provides nutrient-rich soils that result in greater carbon storage in crop biomass.
- The application of compost greatly increases the amount of carbon sequestered in soil.
- The application of compost results in a reduced need for GHG-producing, petroleum-based chemical fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and additives. In fact, the use of compost can reduce the need for fertilizers in vegetable crops by 33% to 66%.