biodegradable materials, such as food waste, garden clippings and
cardboard, into organic compost to reduce Jamaica's CO2 Emissions.
HOW WE DO IT
Jamaica wastes millions of pounds of food each year. Globally, about one third of food produced is wasted - most of which could have been consumed according to research by Waste and Resources Action Program.
Sending biodegradable materials to dumpsites is not only wasteful and expensive, but the organic matter also provides a food source for pests and vermin. Once food waste is in the dump, it breaks down and emits greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) – a gas 30 times more potent than CO2. Molecule for molecule, CH4 traps 25 times more of the sun’s heat in the atmosphere than CO2.
We at The MAIA Foundation believe that composting is a better method to dispose of biodegradable waste. Composting has always been ideal for repurposing food waste, garden clippings and cardboard. We mix all biodegradables together to set the process in motion, to produce a rich and fertile organic compost for vegetable gardens, flower beds and to plant our fruit trees.