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One of the community goals in Walltown is to improve environmental sustainability, something that aligns very well with composting. Since this is a pilot program, we also wanted to select a region of Durham that was representative of the demographic makeup of our city.
If you are interested in participating in the pilot please complete this survey today. No experience is required! Once we have 100 households ready to begin, we will reach out with information to get you started.
Not a Walltown resident? If you are interested in future pilot programs, you can provide your contact information here and we will notify you when future opportunities occur.
Food waste can be as much as 30% by weight of items that get disposed of as garbage. Did you know that food waste is the primary source of methane at landfill sites? Composting diverts food waste from the landfill and reduces greenhouse gas production. Food waste not sent to landfill can be composted to create a valuable soil amendment. The City is already collecting food waste as garbage. The pilot program will instead collect it in a different truck and deliver it to our composting contractor, Atlas Organics instead of it going to disposal in landfill. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, like food scraps, into fertilizer that feeds soil and plants.
Once 100 households sign up, we will start our 12 week pilot program.
Throughout the pilot, our team will work to quickly respond to questions and listen to ideas so that we can make this the best program it can be for the Durham community. Our goal is to learn from Durham residents what works best for them before we expand the collection program beyond 100 households.
We are working with our partners Atlas Organics who will receive and process your food waste to turn it into rich compost that can be used in vegetable beds, parks and gardens. To learn more about Atlas Organics you can click here.
At the end of the 12 weeks, each participant will be asked to complete a final survey because your feedback is valuable and we want to know your thoughts on what worked, what didn’t work and why. Your input will help determine if this type of program can be offered to more neighborhoods and what types of resources will be needed to make that successfully happen.
Help us design this program to divert food waste from the landfill. Click this survey today to sign up. Remember, no experience is required!