One-day food waste collection event aims to promote regular pick-up

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Monday, May 06 2019 May 6, 2019 Monday, May 06, 2019 8:57:00 PM CDT May 06, 2019 in News
By: Antoinette Miller, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA – Residents will be able to contribute to compost production by disposing their food waste Tuesday.

The Columbia Office of Sustainability and Columbia Recycles is hosting its second Food Waste Collection event Tuesday. They want people to bring any food waste to the disposal site at Capen Park to help eliminate the presence of compost material in landfills.

Columbia Waste Minimization Coordinator, Ben Kreitner said more than 1,000 pounds of food waste was collected at last year’s event. He said he is looking forward to even more this year and hopes that sparks a movement.

“Hopefully it encourages the city and the public to actually want to continue with this program,” he said. “Hopefully having it more long term instead of a one-day collection event.”

Food waste is anything that can be broken down and reused as compost material. Fruit, vegetables and meat are a few examples.

Kreitner said there are benefits for the environment when this method is used.

“Instead of sending food waste to the landfill and yard waste, it actually has that secondary use,” he said. “It’s not trapped in the landfill forever.”

The compost that is made at the solid waste utility is worked through so it can be redistributed for later use. Kreitner said, “it can be applied to gardens, landscaping and it really benefits the soil properties.”

For Tuesday’s collection event, organizers stress that nothing besides food waste is to be left or disposed at the site. There will be no one to sort through the waste, so all plastic and other materials need to disposed of accordingly.

The Food Waste Collection Event will start at 8 AM Tuesday and end at 8 PM.

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