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Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success


Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community.

Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up.

Environmental benefits include diversion of 1,000 tons of food waste from landfills and thus, a reduction in methane and green house gas emissions. 

Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator Tom McMurtrie says it's also a money-saver. Landfilling costs the city $26 per ton. Composting runs $18 a ton.  

Listen to the full report from WEMU's David Fair in the audio above.


Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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