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The Total Organics Recycling compost site.
Virginia Harold | Sauce Magazine

Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative effects mass consumption has on the environment. Many are calling for more ethical fashion, eating less meat and raising awareness about what happens to food that doesn’t make it on the shelves, or onto a plate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 30 to 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted.

Composting and combating food waste are the subjects of this month's Sound Bites segment with Sauce Magazine. On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sauce managing editor Heather Hughes and Total Organics Recycling marketing coordinator Sara Koziatek joined guest host Sharon Stevens to explain what composting is, how it helps the environment and how some local restaurants are making it a priority to keep food scraps out of landfills.

Food waste being dropped off Total Organics Recycling's facility in St. Louis.
Total Organics Recycling

Residents in a Maryland Heights subdivision are dropping off their food scraps near the street for composting in the first Missouri program to collect food waste at the curb.

In June, composting company Total Organics Recycling, Republic Services and St. Louis County began the service to residents of the Brookside subdivision. The program is funded by a $26,340 municipal waste grant made possible by landfill tipping fees. The grant pays the cost of providing collection bins and having Republic Services haul the waste to Total Organics Recycling’s facility in Maryland Heights. There is no cost to residents.