The resource hierarchy

There is a certain school of thought that claims that if compost isn’t the answer, then you’ve asked the wrong question. This is not a position I share. I will no doubt lose friends for saying so, but I think that thermophilic (hot rot) compost is rarely an appropriate use of resources. Thermophilic composting takes large inputs but produces meagre outputs. It is clearly a better solution than landfill, but fundamentally it treats organic matter as a waste stream to be managed rather than a resource stream to be utilised.

We can do better than that.

There are three broad categories of organic resource that are encountered in an urban setting:


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