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Ohio prison, state EPA launch composting program to divert 676 tons of food waste annually
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
An Ohio prison and the state Environmental Protection Agency have launched a composting program to keep more than 600 tons of prison food waste out of the landfill.
The program announced Monday is expected to save the prison about $60,000 a year in transportation and landfill fees.
The Ohio EPA provided a $175,000 grant for machines that reduce the waste to compost over eight weeks.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which kicked in $30,000, says the state spends about $1.4 million a year disposing of about 14,000 tons of prison food waste.
The state hopes to expand the program.