In August, Madison began a trial program for a food scrap collection program. Instead of putting food waste in a landfill, the City of Madison is collecting those items separately after which the waste will be deposited into an anaerobic biodigester in Middleton. The digester will collect the methane released from the decomposing food waste. The menthane will be used to generate electricity. The rest of the scraps will be composted. Food such as fruits, vegetables, grains, pasta, dairy and coffee grounds can be collected by this program, however, egg shells, bones, and pet waste cannot. The hope of this trial is to find a beneficial system for all Madison residents as well as the environment.
By Amira Pierotti