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Composting Program Launched at Chapel Hill Town Hall

Post Date:07/12/2019 2:28 PM
 The trash audit in progress at Chapel Hill Town Hall.

Waste reduction and composting are part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s larger efforts to strengthen community sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Internally, the Town has started a new waste reduction initiative, Greening Up Our Act.

To launch Greening Up Our Act, a trash audit was recently performed at Chapel Hill Town Hall to find out how much of the current waste stream can be diverted from the landfill through recycling, composting, or reuse.

“We found that only 20-25% of the waste we sorted was trash and needed to go to the landfill,” said John Richardson, the Town’s community resilience officer. “We also learned that about 55% of the waste is compostable, which presents a big opportunity.”

As a result of the trash audit, composting programs launched at Chapel Hill Town Hall and the adjacent Fire Department. Efforts will also be made to improve education, awareness and ease of recycling in both locations. “Recycling is complex and we’re working on ways to make it easier for staff and visitors,” Richardson added.

At the end of six months, the Town will evaluate the pilot program and consider options for expanding into other public facilities.

Composting at Home

Making compost at home is a simple process.

Orange County Solid Waste Management offers compost bins for sale.

If you prefer to drop off your materials for composting, Orange County hosts organic food and food-related paper waste drop-offs at the Walnut Grove Church Road Waste and Recycling Center (3605 Walnut Grove Church Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278) and the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center (1514 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516), during regular hours of operation, and the Carrboro Farmers Market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.

Orange County also provides composting education classes where you can learn more about outdoor composting and observe it "in action."

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