Westfield Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Public Schools are joining the growing list of partners in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program. Montgomery County is the first jurisdiction in Maryland and the metropolitan Washington region providing this type of program for the commercial sector.
Through the initiative, businesses and organizations are provided technical assistance, education, training, materials, 35-gallon food scraps collection containers, compostable bags, food scraps recycling collection services and processing at a compost facility to assist them with recycling food scraps.
Diverting food scraps from the waste stream reduces the amount of waste disposed and recycling the food scraps into a new useful product help to achieve the County’s waste diversion and recycling goals. The program met a major milestone recently as it surpassed 625,000 pounds of food scraps collected and recycled since the start of the program in May 2020.