Environment
12:57 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success

the City of Ann Arbor is improving the environment and saving money with its expanded composting program
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Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community.

Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up.

Environmental benefits include diversion of 1,000 tons of food waste from landfills and thus, a reduction in methane and green house gas emissions. 

Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator Tom McMurtrie says it's also a money-saver. Landfilling costs the city $26 per ton. Composting runs $18 a ton.  

Listen to the full report from WEMU's David Fair in the audio above.