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USDA grant will help boost composting in city, town of Geneva

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  • Ted Baker 

The city and town of Geneva, Blueprint Geneva, Growing Cycle, a local vermiculture farm, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges are applying for a US Department of Agriculture grant to promote composting.

INSIDE THE FLX: Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti; expanding composting, water plant work, energy audits for residents (podcast)

As much as 25% of landfill trash is food waste

Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti says the town has begun offering curbside composting service, with composting bins going out to about 80 residents. However, with the scheduled closing of the Ontario County landfill in 2028, he says it’s important that more people keep their food waste out of the landfill.

Related: Seneca Town Board to meet today to discuss landfill future

USDA program helps communities divert food waste

The USDA Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) cooperative agreements assist local and municipal governments with projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improve soil quality, and encourages innovative, scalable waste management plans that reduce and divert food waste from landfills.

Fy22 Cfwr Presentation by Ted Baker on Scribd

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti below.

Related: Town of Seneca survey deadline on landfill future is July 22