Prince George's County is Making Gross Food into Something Good!
Prince George’s County is making gross food into something good! Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 23 at 10 a.m. to officially introduce a new food scrap composting site at our Western Branch Yard Waste Composting Facility located at 6601 S.E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro. We’d love for you to see first-hand how we take leftover food scraps and turn it into a high-quality, high-value compost soil product and fertilizer.
This event will showcase Prince George’s County as a leader in recycling and waste management and in support Governor Martin O’Malley’s goal of Maryland being a zero waste state by 2030. To that end, some highlights of the new composting facility are:
Prince George’s County is the first County to pilot a food scrap composting program using the leading Gore cover technology;
The Gore covered system is designed to capture any odor associated with composting food scraps, decreases the composting process time from 18 weeks to 8 weeks and produces a high-quality product that can be used as fertilizer;
Prince George’s County is the first County to accept residential, commercial and institution food scraps (residential based on partnership with University Park residential curbside program, commercial from Apple Valley and Progressive and institution wise because of partnership with University of Maryland);
The County’s pilot program is the largest in the state as Howard County processes approximately 1,500 tons, Prince George’s County will process 4,500 tons;
Prince George’s County is the first County to pilot and consider converting its County-owned Yard Waste Composting Facility to become a County-owned Organics Composting Facility.
Other than Howard County, Prince George’s County is the only other County in the state running a composting program utilizing food waste.