Growth of US Composting
In 2005, an estimated 245.7 million tons of municipal solid wastes were generated in the United States, that's 4.5 pounds per person per day. Organic materials-comprised of yard trimmings, food scraps, wood waste, paper and paperboard products are the largest component of our trash and comprise about two-thirds of the solid waste stream.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Reducing, reusing, recycling, and rebuying - the four Rs - is key to diverting organic materials from landfills or incinerators and protecting human health and our land, air, and water. Waste reduction and recycling prevents greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduces pollutants, saves energy, conserves resources and reduces the need for building new disposal facilities. Yard trimmings and food residuals by themselves constitute 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Composting offers the obvious benefits of resource efficiency and creating a useful product.
As a nation, we have made remarkable strides towards recycling these materials, primarily through the development of effective composting technologies. Whereas in 1990 recovery via composting only diverted 2% of the total solid waste stream, we now recover 20% through composting, including 62% of all yard trimmings (USEPA, 2006a). Taking the lead in addressing environmental issues, this business serves as a vessel for organic waste recycling and compost manufacturing for municipalities and private industries. We operate several organic recycling facilities throughout Ohio, from Columbus (the largest organic recycling facility in Ohio) to North Royalton.
Cleveland Area Yardwaste:
Yardwaste may be dropped off at any of our store and production locations for a nominal fee, and tree trimmings for FREE* at our production sites:
Akron Compost Facility
2677 Riverview Road, Akron, Ohio 44313 (330) 864-2621
5603 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125 (216) 986-7031
Elyria Regional Compost Facility
45 Chestnut Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035 (440) 309-4834
North Royalton Regional Compost Facility
10789 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133 (440) 237-7750
950 Valley Belt Road, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131 (216) 986-7035
* Limited to tree branches, brush, etc. we do not take stumps, roots, or sod or anything from below the ground
* Kurtz Bros., Inc. also accepts raw soil