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After first year, Stamford's food waste program removes 23 tons of scraps from landfills

City of Stamford

The Stamford Food Waste Recycling Program has removed nearly 23 tons of food scraps from the city’s garbage system since being launched in June 2021.

Residents have recycled close to 46,000 pounds of food scraps, including cooked leftovers, meat, fish, and dairy products.

Participants bring those scraps to a composting machine at the city’s Mygatt Recycling Center and, in return, get the composted material to take home for their own use.

The city is exploring adding another location in its north end after receiving a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an additional $15,000 for another composting machine.

City officials said composting helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as landfills are a major source of methane.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.