CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE RESIDENTIAL COMPOST PROGRAM FOR CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
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Each year the amount of food being wasted and sent to landfills for disposal continues to increase. This is not an environmentally friendly practice and is the cause of negative environmental problems, including the release of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Locally, we have these concerns and others. The Bee’s Ferry Landfill is estimated to be at capacity within twenty years. To expand the life of the landfill a county wide recycling goal of 40 percent was established by Charleston County Council. One possible way to reach and even exceed this 40 percent goal is through increased organic material diversion to the County’s compost facility. Through this research I will use the Business Model Canvas to develop and test several models for a large-scale residential composting program in Charleston, SC. Ultimately, I will determine what characteristics will be best for a program in Charleston County. The final product of this research can be used as a resource for the City and County should they choose to implement an organics collection system in Charleston.