Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency seeks to launch food waste haul scheme – Daily Freeman

CITY OF ULSTER, NY – The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is asking municipalities to participate in a pilot program that would transport food scraps to the agency’s composting operations.

Sustainability Director Angelina Brandt said Thursday the program would be developed under a grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that provides $1 million a year statewide. over the next two years.

“When we started writing the grant, I would consider it a success if we had four or five partners,” she said.

Brandt said representatives from eight of the county’s 22 municipalities attended a July 25 meeting. “One of the… communities responded that they were interested in participating if we are rewarded,” she said. “I think (it) would make a stronger app if we had more.”

Information on the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation website indicates that the $1 million this year will prioritize projects that dedicate at least 50% of funding to programs that serve areas of justice. environmental.

Agency officials did not provide details on their proposal, but said the county’s municipal food waste micro-haul pilot program would seek to give municipalities local control over the program while ensuring that the agency monitors what goes into its operations.

Operations manager Charlie Whitaker said: ‘We are looking to hold them accountable in the event that something happens to one of our trailers and…monitor for contamination.

The agency’s composting operations began in 2012 and have expanded to process 2,5000 tons of food waste per year in a 90 by 125 foot area. This amount was exceeded last year when the agency received 3,388.62 tonnes.

Whitaker said the agency could get state approval as early as next month to take 5,000 tons a year. “We’re at (1,861.79 for 2022) so we don’t have to worry,” he said. “Last year we went a bit further, so we hope to prevent that.”

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