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City Goes on Residential Composting Experiment

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Yesterday, a City Council committee passed a food recycling pilot project that would give 8,700 homes in South LA 2-gallon composting bins (however, still no locally based farm being provided). The Daily News says that 27% of black-bin waste is food equalling out to 230,000 tons of it a year. Food would be picked up and taken to a downtown transfer station and hauled up to a nearby Bakersfield composting facility.

Officials will be evaluating the program and watching two of the major concerns: can facilities and other infrastructure handle the program going citywide and will the neighborhoods start to stink of rotten food?

In Griffith Park, there is a compost facility where residents can pick up free compost and take classes.

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