Waste 360 cites UMaine study

In an interview with Waste 360, Troy Moon, sustainability director for the city of Portland, cited a waste composition study conducted with the University of Maine that showed 36% of what Portland residents were throwing out by weight was food scraps and other organics. As a result of the study, Portland established a composting program in 2021. The city will be sharing data collected during the program with the UMaine Mitchell Center, whose researchers will help evaluate the environmental benefits of food waste collection and assess ways to reduce municipal disposal costs through composting.