Bexley food waste recycling program expands city-wide

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BEXLEY, Ohio (WCMH) — After a successful one year trial of using food waste recycling bins, the program has expanded to the whole city of Bexley.  

The idea behind it is to educate, eliminate waste and harmful gasses to the atmosphere, and to make it simple. In Bexley, anyone who signs up to participate in the food waste recycle program will get a 5 gallon bucket and a 3 month supply of compostable bags.

Each week when you talk out your trash and recycling, you can take out your compost bucket to be picked up as well. Just place the compost bucket on the other side of the sidewalk.  

On each bucket is a list of things that can and cannot go into the compost. From your driveway, the bags of compost are then taken to a plant where they can be turned into supplements for your garden in about 3 months. 

Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said, “We’ve been working on the concept of food waste recycling for 5 years, and one of the biggest challenges for us has been finding a vendor who can take it and figuring out the logistics at a community level.”

The vendor that they’re using is Innovative Organics Recycling who will pick up compostable bags filled with items like fruits, vegetables and even meat.  

Even though these things will decompose on their own in a landfill, if they are properly turned into compost, then you can avoid harmful gasses like methane. 

Ray Leard, part owner of Innovative Organics Recycling said, “The difference is methane, which is wore than CO2 for the atmosphere.  Diverting waste away from the landfill also improves the water and the soil.”

The goal with this program is to not only eliminate excess waste but to make it simple for everyone to make it a habit.  

“You know that feeling you get when you have maybe a can that you want to recycle, and you’re somewhere where you can’t recycle it?  You start to get that feeling with food waste once you use this program.  It doesn’t take long for your habits to change, for you to suddenly realize that this is a product that doesn’t have to go into a landfill and it can be used more productively and you start to get that feeling where you can’t recycle your food waste, but you feel like you should be doing it.  So, it’s really great to provide that benefit to residents and it’s incredibly beneficial to the environment as well,” Mayor Kessler said. 

Here is a link for more information in the program and where to sign up: http://www.bexley.org/food-waste

Don’t live in Bexley but interested in composting? Click here to read more from the EPA.

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