Compost Data

Thank you for composting your food waste. Your efforts will help Putnam County reduce the amount of food waste that goes into the landfill. It will reduce methane gas and help reduce emissions from the landfill. Composting helps reduce the amount of money the county spends on managing waste.

How many pounds of food waste did you compost in the last year?


Reports vary about how much food each person throws away annually. The EPA reports that each person throws away approximately 189.9 pounds of food waste annually, while other reports suggest this number is at least twice as much. Approximately 40 percent of the food that is grown in the U.S. is thrown away. Growing food in the U.S. uses 50 percent of available land, 10 percent of the energy expended and 80 percent of the fresh water that is consumed annually.