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Posted on: April 23, 2015

Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission Hosts Food Composting Workshop

The Toledo Lucas County Sustainability Commission will host a half day workshop which will give a general overview of large-scale food composting and the logistics of how to make it work. The workshop will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at the University of Toledo, Nitschke Hall.

Food waste composting is the collection of food waste as a method of solid waste disposal using controlled biological decomposition. When the food waste decomposes, it turns into a fertile soil amendment. Compost can be used by farmers, landscapers, and individuals who garden. Composting has many other benefits such as reduced waste disposal costs for organizations, it reduces landfill reliance, and we can also reduce nutrient runoff by using compost instead of manufactured fertilizers. There is a lot of interest in the community to implement food waste composting, and this workshop aims to educate organizations on how to do it while connecting them up with the resources necessary to put food waste composting into practice.

We will hear from institutions that are doing it successfully, haulers, compost facility operators, and content experts. The workshop panelists will include representatives from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Kroger Company, Bowling Green State University, N.A.T. Transportation, My Green Michigan, Hirzel Farms, Andre Farms, and USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service.

WHAT: Toledo Lucas County Sustainability Commission hosts Food Waste Composting Workshop
WHEN: Friday March 27, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: University of Toledo,
Nitschke Hall
1610 N. Westwood
Toledo, OH 43607

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