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New Orleans’ Composting, Recycling Efforts Could Help Save Tax Dollars

New Orleans is working to combat food waste by launching convenient programs for residents and businesses to make use of.

New Orleans is working to combat food waste by launching convenient programs for residents and businesses to make use of.

For example, Compost New Orleans Waste (Compost NOW) delivers more than 420 pounds of discarded food each week to the Hollygrove Market, where the food scraps are used to create soil. And a Wednesday night food waste pickup at the Alvar Library in Bywater goes to a local organization called France Street Farms.

To date, Compost NOW has collected 10,000 pounds of compostable waste, and it anticipates that the total will grow to 25,000 pounds by the end of this year.

The New Orleans Advocate has more details:

Diedree Odum, 59, walked up to the Rosa Keller Library on Saturday morning with two bulging tote bags of frozen food waste — banana and orange peels, onion tops, apple cores, egg shells, slices of bread and a few bananas that went bad before she and her sister could eat them.

The weekly Saturday morning collection at the Keller Library in Broadmoor is part of a project called Compost New Orleans Waste, or Compost NOW, which delivers more than 420 pounds of discarded food each week to the nearby Hollygrove Market. There, the food scraps are used to create soil.

A Wednesday-night pickup at the Alvar Library in Bywater, meanwhile, goes to a nearby gardening organization called France Street Farms.

Read the full story here.

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