with University of Maryland, Town of University Park, Whole Foods and GORE®
Cover technology to launch Food Scrap Composting Pilot Project
The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Waste
Management Division (WMD) today, cut
the ribbon on a food scrap pilot project that will compost yard waste and
food scraps bulked together.
operating at the County’s Yard Waste Composting Facility (Western Branch) in
Upper Marlboro, the pilot will provide a baseline testing for producing a
nutrient-rich compost product using the industry leading GORE® Cover
technology, a technology similar to Gore-Tek, while diverting 4,500 tons of
leftovers headed to the County’s landfill. Prince George’s County is the
first County to pilot a food scrap composting program using this technology.
“I am very proud
of this new, innovative and sustainable pilot program from the Department of
Environmental Resources,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L.
Baker, III. “When we launched the Department of Permits, Inspections, and
Enforcement several months ago, we knew it would allow the Department of
Environmental Resources to focus and expand their responsibility over
environmental stewardship of Prince George’s County. Today’s ribbon cutting of
this exciting composting program is evidence that Prince George’s County isn’t
just following best environmental practices, we are creating them.”
The County has
partnered with the Town of University Park, University of Maryland College Park,
Whole Foods and local waste management service companies; Apple Valley and
Progressive to collect their food scraps for testing in the one-year pilot.
Maryland Environmental Services (MES) will
facilitate the pilot using the GORE® system, which specializes in reducing
odors, dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while creating a high-value
compost product used for gardening and farming.
The food scraps
and yard waste are grinded together onsite at the facility and placed under
cover in three heaps that are monitored daily using a computerized
system. The curing process takes approximately
eight weeks from
start to finish instead of the current eight month cycle time for the open
windrow composting process used for yard waste.
food scraps into a valuable compost material, we are reducing waste, saving
money and providing a valuable benefit to our environment,” says DER Director
Adam Ortiz. “This program will propel us toward our goal of zero waste in
Prince George’s County.”
“EPA, through our
Food Recovery Challenge and other efforts, is trying to divert food waste from
landfilling into composting and is looking forward to working with Prince
George’s County on this innovative project,” says Mike Giuranna, Solid Waste Specialist
with the EPA, Region III.
Founder and CEO of Sustainable
Generation, LLC, the authorized sales and service provider of the GORE®
Cover technology in North America, is working with the County and MES to
provide training on the technology.
At the conclusion
of the project, the County will evaluate the overall effectiveness and
efficiency of the program before expanding the program Countywide.
information on the Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program, click
information on the GORE® Cover Organic Waste Treatment system, click
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