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landfillFood Waste Recovery Workshop

This free workshop was offered August 8, 2006 in Chesapeake, Virginia to assist colleges and universities and other interested commercial institutions learn better ways to handle the large amount of food waste they generate daily. Many facilities generate more than a ton of food waste daily and are paying $40-$50 per ton to have it disposed in a landfill. Most of this material is organic and can be made into compost, which is a valuable soil amendment. The workshop was coordinated by EPA Region 3 and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of General Services.

Speakers discussed how to start and maintain food recovery programs, a VADEQ representative discussed permitting for this type of operation, and composters described the services they provide.

Presentations from this workshop are posted at http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/solidwastecomposting.htm#VAworkshop

Contacts:
-- Sheila Barnett, Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality, 804-698-4055, smbarnett@deq.virginia.gov
-- Mike Giuranna, EPA, Region 3, 215-814-3298, giuranna.mike@epa.gov

Region 3 The Mid-Atlantic States


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