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Northeast Times | June 26, 2019

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Fort Worth: City launches residential food scrap composting program

Fort Worth: City launches residential food scrap composting program

A banana peel, leftover bread and even coffee grounds make great compost. Food scrap composting collection has come to Fort Worth as another way to reduce what goes to the landfill and how much methane goes into the air. The pilot program will allow residents to separate food scraps from trash and help create a beneficial soil nutrient that is better for the environment.

That’s what the City of Fort Worth refers to as rethinking waste — a sustainable movement that helps the city better manage its garbage.

More people in Fort Worth want to do what’s environmentally right and help make the community greener. That means reducing waste, reusing items, recycling more and composting.

The pilot program is available to all Fort Worth residents. Register for the program. An annual fee of $20 provides residents with a starter kit that includes a kitchen countertop pail, a five-gallon sealable bucket, assorted educational materials and a refrigerator magnet detailing what can and cannot be composted.

The $20 fee will be donated to Keep Fort Worth Beautiful for its ongoing programs and activities.

As the kitchen pail fills, transfer composting materials to the five-gallon bucket in your garage, laundry room or other area of your choosing. Once the five-gallon bucket is full, drop off food scraps at one of 10 collection sites across the city.

Only residential food scraps are accepted in the composting pilot program. Most foods can be composted: fruits and vegetables, bread and other baked goods, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, eggshells, and cooked meats just to mention a few. Items not acceptable for composting: raw meats, gum, fats and oils, pet waste, Styrofoam, plastic packaging, and most nonedible materials.

To learn more, visit the composting program webpage or call 817-392-1234.