MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Dane County is launching a new grant this Earth Month that aims to help fund community composting projects that help reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste sent to landfills.
All Dane County Native American tribal businesses, institutions, municipalities, governments and organizations, community groups, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for this grant.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said, “When food waste can be composted instead of going to landfill, valuable nutrients can be recovered and applied to Dane County gardens and farmlands to improve soil health. This grant will help pave the way for more community composting in Dane County. »
The grant will cover up to 75% of expenses associated with proposed projects, and they may also be eligible for assistance from the Dane County Department of Waste and Renewable Energy team if needed.
“We plan to distribute $10,000 in grants this year,” said Dane County Supervisor Melissa Ratcliff, the grant’s lead sponsor. “Our goal is to help Dane County communities manage organic waste locally instead of sending it to landfills.”
Dane County also plans to build a composting facility at its proposed sustainability campus. The purpose of this campus is to divert waste from the landfill. The goal is to create the campus for safe public access to help educate visitors about their relationship with waste.
“Implementing a successful food waste composting program at the Sustainability Campus will be a significant step forward in Dane County’s food waste management system,” said John Welch, director of waste and renewable energy. “In fact, a food waste composting program can be done with relatively little capital investment and far less risk than digestion while still achieving many of the same environmental benefits.”
Construction of the composting facility is not expected to begin until 2026. However, efforts such as the grant are intended to immediately enhance and support the environmental goals of community members.
“Community gardens, school groups, religious institutions, neighborhood associations are all encouraged to apply,” said Roxanne Wienkes, deputy director of waste and renewable energy.
To apply and learn more about the 2022 Organics Management Grant, interested applicants can visit https://landfill.countyofdane.com/resources/compost.
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