The City of Frederick’s residential compost pilot project has significantly reduced landfill waste, with more than 1,100 participating residents and 574,670 pounds of organic materials diverted from landfills. The pilot program first opened in June 2022 to residents living in select Neighborhood Advisory Council areas before expanding city-wide on August 21, 2023.

“The incredible response to our composting program reflects Frederick’s commitment to sustainability,” said Mayor Michael O’Connor. “By diverting hundreds of thousands of pounds of organic waste from landfills, we not only reduce our environmental footprint, but we also pave the way for a greener future. And we can do even more. I continue to encourage residents to sign up for the composting program and join in on our efforts to protect and enhance our environment.”

The program welcomes all households receiving City trash collection through a convenient rolling sign-up system. During the pilot phase, the City covers all costs, making participation free for residents. Those not served by City trash collection can still compost through Key City Compost for a nominal monthly fee.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states food waste makes up 24.1 percent of municipal solid waste in landfills. When combined with yard trimmings, wood and paper, organic materials account for 51.4 percent of landfill content. Decomposing organic waste in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S., with food waste alone responsible for 58 percent of these emissions in 2021.

Composting not only reduces landfill waste, but also enriches soil with vital nutrients, leading to healthier plants, cleaner air and improved water quality. The City remains dedicated to fostering sustainable communities and minimizing environmental impact.

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