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Durham’s plan to turn food scraps into riches

Durham’s strategic plan calls for the city to increase residential composting, and the first step is a survey that was sent to citizens in March.

A 2015 city “Waste Characterization Study” found that around 30 percent of Durham residential trash sent to landfills is “food and soiled paper,” both of which could be composted instead. Durham waste management’s goal is to reduce the weight of city garbage by 10 percent within three years.

The two easiest ways to do that are compost and recycling. And the Bull City is already primed to compost, reporter Frances Beroset explains.

(Photo at top by Bailey Garrot)