The Natural Resources Defense Council makes a strong case for composting—it improves soil health, conserves water and mitigates droughts, recycles nutrients, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces personal food waste. The rule of thumb is that if it grows, inevitably it decomposes. The ideal environment needs to be cultivated with bacteria, fungi, and worms—sowbugs or nematodes work as well, as well as air and warmth.
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MADISON, Wis. — Dane County wants to support local organizations that are doing their part for Earth Month.
The county announced a new grant program Wednesday focused on organic waste solutions. The goal is to cut down on the amount of waste going into landfills.
“Organics, such as food waste, comprise about one-third of the materials being sent to the Dane County landfill,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said. “This grant will help pave the way for more community composting in Dane County.”
Recipients could have up to 75% of expenses for their proposed projects funded by the grant and will be eligible for assistance from crews with the Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables. The county plans to give out $10,000 in grant funds this year.
The county also plans to build a composting facility at its proposed Sustainability Campus at the Yahara Hills Golf Course. Construction of the facility is not expected to begin until 2026.
To apply for a 2022 Organic Management Grant, visit the county’s website by clicking here.
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