Composting offers second life to food waste


August 19, 2021

Photo courtesy of Carrie Martinsen

Food scraps collected in green buckets like this one will eventually fertilize gardens around Petersburg.

Tongass Botanicals & Soils has started a composting program to reduce the amount of waste in Petersburg that is being shipped to landfills.

Carrie Martinsen, who runs the composting operation, began a bucket pickup in June to collect food scraps and other biodegradable waste from the community.

"The more I got into it I was like oh this sounds like a really good plan and then talking with the city here they're like we've been wanting somebody to do this for a really long time," Martinsen said.

Martinsen started composting because she wanted to get back into the gardening business but di...

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