Compostable Cooperation

Compostable Cooperation

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You can’t get much bigger in business than Wal-Mart. And with big business can come a whole lotta waste. Wal-Mart is working to take care of their waste responsibly, though, by composting their food and plant waste, and that’s where Marvin’s Organic Gardens comes in.


Marvin’s Organic Gardens has partnered with Future Organics, a company working with Wal-Mart stores in Ohio and Michigan. Future Organics delivers bins designed for short-term storage of food waste to Wal-Mart stores, and Marvin’s Organic Gardens receives food and plant waste for composting from 160 Wal-Mart stores between the Columbus and Cincinnati areas.


These bins collect nearly three tons of compostable waste weekly, including spoiled and damaged food scraps, food preparation materials and plants from the gardening center. These tons of scraps are then delivered by the truckload to Marvin’s Organic Gardens’ 1,000,000-yard compost pile.


While most compost takes three to five years to break down enough for purchasing quality, Marvin’s Organic Gardens ages some of its compost for more than 12 years. No matter the length of decomposition, the compost process keeps the waste away from the landfill and provides for nutrient rich soil.


"The nutrient rich homemade compost we are able to produce from the food waste supplied from Wal-Mart is the best way to promote healthy lawns and gardens and grow the best tasting fruits and vegetables possible," Marvin’s Organic Gardens Owner Wes Duren says. "Marvin’s Organic Gardens is proud to help Wal-Mart with their pledge to significantly reduce landfill waste."


Marvin’s Organic Gardens’ compost disposal fees are lower than landfill disposal fees, so Wal-Mart has a cost-savings benefit as they also contribute to the nutrient diversity in the compost mound at Marvin’s Organic Gardens.


You also can contribute to the process. Instead of throwing your grass clippings in the trash, take them to Marvin’s Organic Gardens, as they accept residential yard debris free of charge (with larger loads costing $25 to $125 disposal fees). They also accept food waste for just $20 per ton.


For more information about Marvin’s Organic Gardens or to learn more about the compost process, check out or head to 2055 U.S. Route 42 South in Lebanon, Ohio.




Image coutesy of Marvin’s Organic Gardens