• Turning kitchen waste into garden gold

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Turning kitchen waste into garden gold

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Worm Return is a female-owned, socially responsible organic waste diversion company providing composting services to the City of Pittsburgh and beyond. Our goal is to keep food waste out of landfills and create a high-nutrient soil amendment in the process. Founded in 2018 by life-long environmentalist, Laura Totin Codori, Worm Return has diverted 78,423 pounds of organic waste since March 2018 equating to the reduction of over 3,600 pounds of methane gas emissions. Our goal is to educate the public that Organic Waste + Landfills = Greenhouse Gases! When organic (think once living) waste ends up in a landfill, it is commonly believed that the waste will decompose and not take up space in the landfill. What people don't realize, including myself up until a few years ago is that, yes, the waste does disappear. But we need to remember that little piece of high school science that taught us energy cannot be created or destroyed. When the food waste decomposes in a landfill without the presence of oxygen, the food waste "disappears" into methane gas - a colorless and odorless gas up to 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. While the process of composting reduces methane emissions, the resulting compost can actually work to capture some of the carbon dioxide that is already present in the atmosphere.

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