Brown County launches food waste initiative

Published 07/30 2014 07:26PM

Updated 07/30 2014 07:29PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach will be recruiting volunteers for a pilot food waste drop-off program at this Saturday’s downtown Farmers Market.

The initiative is a new approach that not only saves taxpayer dollars, but helps the environment by recycling food waste into needed nutrients for area residents and community gardens.

The pilot program will help the County evaluate how to remove organic food waste from the garbage stream.

They will assess composting options and analyze potential energy generation while also developing a feasibility plan for a county-owned composting facility.

The County is seeking volunteers to assist in the collection and drop-off of food waste at two designated locations. Educators from the Brown County Resource Recovery Department, along with the Brown County Executive, will also be at the Farmers Market on Saturday to explain the overall program and help recruit area residents.

Food waste is estimated to represent 26% of the current waste stream going into landfills.

By reducing and repurposing this organic waste stream it not only saves taxpayers money by reducing long-term landfill costs, it also helps protect our environment and provides area residents with rich nutrients for their gardens.

If community members are interested in helping, but are unable to make the Farmers Market they may contact the County Executive at 448-4001.

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