Waste Not, Want Not
When most people hear the word “composting,” they probably imagine a home setup that takes organic matter like grass clippings, dead leaves and kitchen scraps, and — with some sweat and a little time — transforms it into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps plants thrive. But these days, composting isn’t restricted to the back yard: lots of businesses are bringing special bins into break rooms and kitchens so their employees can reduce and recycle on the job, too.

Thanks to our Kansas City office manager, Kelly Dougherty — who came up with the idea and enlisted a handful of other Intouchers to be part of a Green Team — Intouch’s KC office recently added composting bins to its kitchens and large conference rooms. Even though some folks are still figuring out what goes where – blue bins for plastic bottles and aluminum cans; green bins for certain food and paper items; gray bins for things that can’t be recycled or composted — the program appears to be off to a great start.

Every Little Bit Helps
Composting isn’t just about feeding your own garden; it’s also about decreasing waste in landfills, which in turns means less methane — a heat-trapping gas that contributes to climate change — in the air. Soil created by composting can also be used to prevent erosion.

“At Intouch, we care about the communities in which we work,” says Intouch EVP Wendy Blackburn. “Reducing waste through recycling and composting is one way we can demonstrate our commitment. It also doesn’t hurt to get a feel-good boost every time I use the bins — even if it’s only a banana peel, I know I’m doing my part for the environment.”

We’re In Good Company
With the assistance of Missouri Organic, more than 120 KC-area schools and businesses — including Intouch — participate in corporate composting programs, including:

  • Boulevard Brewing
  • Garmin
  • Hen House Markets
  • IKEA
  • Kansas City Royals and Chiefs
  • Nordstrom
  • Sprint

The Green Team also got help from Johnson County’s Health and Environment department and the Mid-America Regional Council in setting up the bins. And because we know there’s just one Earth with finite resources – and because we do enjoy our wine — the KC office is now also recycling cork through Recork.org.

For more information on composting, check out RecycleSpot.org.