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Prince George's County: Making Gross Food into Something Good

Prince George's County is one of two counties in the state to run a food scrap composting program.

Prince George's County will introduce a new food scrap composting site Wednesday.|Photo credit: Patch file
Prince George's County will introduce a new food scrap composting site Wednesday.|Photo credit: Patch file
Prince George's County is hoping to take your disgusting, leftover food scraps and turn them into something no more appetizing but much more beneficial. 

On Wednesday, the county will introduce a new scrap food composting site at the Western Branch Yard Waste Composting Facility in Upper Marlboro. The facility will process residential and commercial scraps and turn them into "high-quality, high-value compost soil product and fertilizer," according to a press release.

The launch of this site makes Prince George's the second county in the state to run a food waste composting program. Howard County runs a similar program, but the capacity in Prince George's will be much larger, processing 4,500 tons compared to Howard's 1,500. 

Prince George's will be the first first county to pilot Gore cover technology, which reduces odors, decreases processing time and produces a "high quality product that can be used as fertilizer," according to the release.

The new food scrap composting facility will be located at 601 S.E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro.

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