Food waste accounts for a quarter — 11,000 tons — of the 44,000 tons of garbage sent to the Dane County landfill each year. Even with recycling diverting some items from the waste stream, the landfill has limited space, and no one wants to tackle the thorny problem of trying to site a new landfill. Under these circumstances, it becomes imperative to reduce or divert that stream of waste. The City of Madison has tried, for almost ten years now, to find a way to divert some of that food waste into a citywide composting system. All those attempts have failed, so far. But the City is giving it one more shot, with another pilot program focused on 200 households on the west side of town. Bryan Johnson, recycling coordinator for the Madison Streets Division, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on June 10, 2019.
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