Dr. Sally Brown addresses composting and organics collection during the Covid-19 crisis
Our existing knowledge of the behavior of coronaviruses in the environment can be applied to the current outbreak.
Dr. Sally Brown
Being terrified of COVID-19 is not irrational. But being terrified does not mean that your everyday life has to turn into you and Netflix in the closet. The terror has to somehow make peace with everyday lives and routines. In order to make that peace some rationality has to figure in. How much of your life can you still have and stay safe?
There are a lot of commonsense measures that hopefully all of us have adopted. Social distancing is the new norm. You can now wash your hands to any number of classic hits including “I will Survive”. With these measures in place you can go for runs and walks and even go to the grocery store. And we can all still compost.
In urban areas across the country, food scrap diversion has really started to take hold. Fear of COVID is not a reason to give this up. A critical factor to remember is that there is a significant yuck factor in composting. Before that beautiful finished product is made, those feedstocks are often slimy, smelly and only beautiful in the eyes of a special beholder. CONTINUED…
The founder and president of Naturcycle LLC, Charles Duprey is an expert in green roof media design and manufacturing, with over fifteen years of experience developing and supplying some of the largest green roof and engineered soil projects in the Northeast, including the one-acre farm on the Javits Convention Center rooftop, green roofs from the Statue of Liberty Museum to the Boston Medical Center, and more. As a certified educator, he conducts professional development sessions on green infrastructure and sustainability for members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Charles currently serves as a trustee for the Compost Research & Education Foundation and is the current co-chair of the Seal of Testing Assurance Advisory Committee. He is also the former Vice Chair of the Market Development Committee of the United States Composting Council. He serves on many industry committees and has published several educational articles on a variety of related topics. He has both a B.S. and a B.A. from Syracuse University and resides in Central New York.