Most of what we collect is composted at 122nd and Stoney Island using a method called windrow composting. The food scraps are ground up with yard waste and laid out in long rows 18' wide and 9' tall. The material is exposed to air, water and sunlight to break down naturally. This method does not create methane which is part of the win-win of not putting the food into the landfill. The finished product is used for landscaping.
Early this fall 2013 we will be hauling to The Plant at 46th and Ashland. The Plant is an indoor vertical farm with an anaerobic (without air) digestor in its side yard. The food scraps will be composted in the digestor, and not mixed with yard waste. The digestor is basically like a big juicer. The compost tea, as the water is called, will be sold as fertilizer; the methane will be captured and used to power The Plant; and the finished produce will be a beautiful soil amendment for farming.