Throwaway, consumer societies produce more waste than the earth can manage. The US alone creates 222 million tons of garbage annually and at least 60% of that goes to overflowing landfills. Food scraps make up about 11% of this landfill decay stink, attract rodents, emit dangerous greenhouse gases and fail to decompose completely. By using efficient microbes (EM) many countries are proving that it can easily be converted to valuable soil-enriching compost.
A model EM example is the Izumiohtsu factory of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd, which used to pay for garbage removal until 1999 when they began composting the waste from 14,000 meals a month and selling it back to employees. Since the Sapporo Grand Hotel started treating their waste with EM it no longer emits a foul odour, processing costs were lowered by 30% and they recycled waste into fertilizer for farmers.
Also in Japan, Funao town converts 22% of their garbage to compost, reducing their annual garbage by 300 tons and saving vast sums on disposal costs. In Pune, India, since 2002 the city garbage has been sprayed with EM from a fire engine daily and compost is made ready to go to farmers within fifty days. In Hanoi since 2001, the Cau Dien Compost Factory has been collecting 160 tons of organic waste a day from the city market and, with EM, converting it into compost within 38 days.
Other countries where large scale EM waste management is saving money and the environment include China, Korea, Burma, Vietnam, New Zealand, Thailand, Africa and South America.
An easy way to recycle household waste is to compost organic garbage into garden food using EM Bokashi. Householders are finding EM composts their organic waste in a month as opposed to six months when using conventional composting methods. There is also only a very mild sour smell and none of the heat, gas or bugs associated with aerobic compost methods. If more people employed EM composting the soil would revitalise and landfill reduce in record time. Such as in Yanagawa City, Fukuoka, where 13,000 households are using free activated EM for garbage composting, replenishing soil and purifying water.
Since 1996 the composting concept has been taken to many schools by the Bokashi Outreach Network Program in the US. It aims to train kids to take steps towards an environmental solution rather than perpetuating the problem. Teachers such as Pusch Ridges recycle Queen, Nancy Gifford are introducing EM in a school-wide program to compost cafeteria waste. She also uses EM in the school’s small garden and sends students home with Bokashi bags to bury.
In Yoetsu Junior School, Kamakura City, 450 students started learning about EM in 1996. All students are given composting Bokashi buckets and were excited to see that their EM composted garbage made their school corn crop grow faster, larger and tastier corn than those grown without EM. Also in Australia the Scraps from Lunch to Lunch from Scraps program run in ten Adelaide schools showed children how to recycle food into fertilizer. Bertram Hawker Kindergarten children benefited according to director Margie Colton, It allowed them to see the cycle of how things can be used again to grow food.