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The Compost Bandwagon

Department of the Environment jumps on

Composting is all the rage in the trash world. The newest trash trendsetter, Maryland’s Department of the Environment, now invites its 900 employees to compost food waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
    Food scraps take up 20 to 30 percent of precious landfill space. Composting diverts scraps from landfills to compost piles, where it ferments and transforms into nutrient-rich humus that feeds earth, plants and us.
    The department hopes this year to save 11 percent from its 53 tons of waste making the trip to the landfill.
    Marylanders are already jumping on the bandwagon. In 2010, we composted five percent of our food waste. Just a year later, we composted 13 percent.
    Learn about other people who have jumped on the compost bandwagon and how you can be part of the green trend: • www.bayweekly.com/articles/green-living/article/composting-bandwagon;www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-weekly-interviews/article/turning-kitchen...