Category Archives: food waste

Composting Volunteers

Underwater Leaves

(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Food waste is a huge problem in the United States and across the globe. Some of the facts and figures, all of which are shocking and rather depressing, can be found here and here. In Maine, a number of stakeholders have come together to provide composting services for the community, through the Farmington Compost Cooperative. As this story details, the effort is being spearheaded by University of Maine professors, current and retired, as well as members of the community. The new compost cooperative is open to the public and the people working there are volunteers, including students from the University. Hopefully this kind of project, with cooperation from government, businesses, the University and the public, will be a model for other composting efforts in other parts of the country.

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