The City of Red Wing is getting a$140,000 grant to to study the potential for launching a regional organics recycling program from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
The feasibility study will determine the best way to divert an estimated 2,271 tons of organic material, such as food waste and paper products, away from landfills each year.
Composting organic materials saves space and reduces greenhouse gas emissions at landfills. The compost produced from the process serves as a nutrient-rich soil additive that can fertilize crops and reduce runoff.
The City of Red Wing provided $47,000 in matching funds, for a total of $187,500.
The City’s Solid Waste Campus serves over 6,000 residential and commercial properties in Red Wing alone, with many more throughout Goodhue County and in residential areas of Farmington and Hastings.
As part of the project, the City of Red Wing will look for opportunities to collaborate with regional communities as well as institutions and organizations that produce large amounts organic waste.