So as you guys know I am trying to switch from the chemical mindset to more earth friendly. Well as I do more organic stuff I am continually amazed at things. Organics are not very popular out here. And the ironic part is, that is mainly what the soils in Utah need... organic matter. The minerals are pretty decent otherwise. From the state extension office... "Utah soils are inherently low in organic matter due to the desert climate and historically low plant growth rates. In Utah, soil organic matter levels are typically 0.25 to 1%, while regions with high rainfall such as the Midwest and Eastern United States have soils with as much as 7 to 10% organic matter. An ideal garden or landscape soil would contain a minimum of 5% organic matter." http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/soils5.pdf Signs that people out here are not very educated about teh matter. -Lots of people bag clippings. LCO's included. Mower of choice? Walker bagger Zero Turn. -I go to the dump to ask for their compost analysis and they are amazed that someone would be interested. -I mention why I would want it at the dump (organic landscape maintenance) and they quickly jump in that while theirs can;t be used in a certified program, I wasn't really going to be able to find anyone out here that offered compost I could use. There just isn't any organic stuff out here. People just are not interested in it. ('organic based' takes care of that problem) -NO recycling program. (one city in my area does it, but it is optional) -NO house pickup green/yard waste recycling program. Not even the one city. Before I moved to Utah I lived in California.. every city did both recycling programs out there. Now I was thinking... If/when I get into organics more and dedicate enough space for some real composting (maybe worm composting with this idea)... do you think it would be smart to put together a table scrap pickup program? The idea is... Send out a newsletter explaining some facts about Utah soils and what they need. Also stress earth friendly and green principles. Explain that for so much a year they can have someone come and pickup their table scraps... no meat, etc. Provide just a basic tub for them to store the scraps in? Weekly pickup of scraps? Compost away ----- What do you guys think? What issues might i run into? Remember this might be a ways away. Or we might just do it small scale in our neighborhood to try it out and check interest.