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Composting Project Feeds Thousands In Savings For Asheville

Updated: Monday, January 7 2013, 07:32 AM EST

What you had for lunch might be good for the environment and great for the city budget.

Asheville recently launched a compost pilot program that could save the city up to 50 thousand dollars a year. The city has turned to a private company, Danny's Dumpster.

The business collects food waste from local restaurants, hospitals, and schools. They mix that waste with leaves and brush collected by the city to create compost. "Danny's" is leasing their land from Asheville, and does not charge for processing the debris. That's where the cash savings comes in.

"Seeing how this project goes has us looking at a future way of collecting food scraps for the city of Asheville," said Asheville solid waste services manager Richard Grant.

The pilot project reduces the amount of food waste in the landfill. Eventually, all Asheville elementary schools will also begin sorting out their food waste for the compost project.


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Composting Project Feeds Thousands In Savings For Asheville


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