In partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), The Office of Sustainability just released applications for the city’s first Community Composting Network. This initiative will expand opportunities for Philadelphia residents to compost organic waste, bringing the city closer to the goals outlined in the Greenworks Sustainability Plan and the Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan.
Community composting happens when neighbors bring together their food and yard waste to make new soil locally in their neighborhoods. Community composting can serve residents typically for free or low cost, and this community-based effort fosters a culture of environmental and social well-being in the city. This not only creates a unified effort to decrease waste and greenhouse gases citywide, but it also improves soil quality while supporting new and existing spaces for communities to come together through environmental stewardship.
The City is looking to identify between 20-25 sites to become spaces for community-scale composting systems. Community and civic organizations, schools, community gardens, farms, and neighborhood spaces are all invited to apply. All applications are due by June 28th.
Pro Tip: PPR operates the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center where Philly residents can get free organic materials like screened leaf compost, mulch, and wood chips. Check out their page to learn more!