Hurray for Howard – Howard County, that is.

While not surprising that cities like Seattle and San Francisco collect food scraps along with regular recycling, Howard county is pioneering this practice on the east coast. A large portion of the trash generated in Howard County is food waste – according to a recent study, almost 25% of  trash is made up of compostable food.

Residents of Ellicott City and Elkridge will be getting a 35-gallon container for food scraps, which will be collected weekly on the same day as yard waste. The scraps will be composted and sold as a soil additive.

What a great idea! In DC, the de facto practice in some instances is to toss food scraps on the ground.

Could this program succeed in DC?

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