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Prison composting keeps 572,000 pounds of food from dumps

May 19, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections says the composting of food scraps in the state’s prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every year.

The Caledonian Record reports the 11,000 pounds (4,950 kilograms) of food scraps that are composted each week are used to feed the soil at farms and gardens throughout the state.

Bryan Mitofsky, the food service supervisor at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, says the kitchen staff has set up an easy system to collect food scraps and separate them from the regular trash.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker says she hopes the effort of the Department of Corrections inspires others to donate, divert and compost to reduce the volume of material sent to landfills.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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