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Diversion and Recycling Facts and Figures
The Importance of Composting
- Reduce the need for chemical fertilizers
- Enhance water retention in soil, leading to healthier plants and higher agricultural crop yields
- Capture and destroy 99.6% of industrial volalite organic chemicals in contaminated air
- Provide carbon sequestration
- Reduce the volume of organic waste that fills up nearly 25% of landfills
How Milwaukee is Helping
The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education group in collaboration with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District have began a green infrastructure pilot program to spread composted food and yard waste on lawns in the 53212 ZIP code as a means to soak up storm water and keep lake michigan clean. About 25 homes have already been approved to participate in the pilot. This pilot not only works to utilize compost, but also hopes to expand storm water retention and water sanitation.
Organics Collection Pilot Program
- Offered 3rd cart for food waste and yard debris to be collected for composting in dedicated pilot zones
- Residents paid monthly service cost of $12.75
- 500 total subscribers
- Within first full 12 months of service:
- 358,700 total pounds collected
- 717 cumulative pounds per house
- Average 17 pounds per pick up
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