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Composting in Worthington BY MISHA SOHAIL

the city of Worthington has started a new composting program in order to cut down the amount of trash in landfills and greenhouse gases being produced.

The United States collects almost 230 million tons of trash every year. That trash ends up destroying animal habitats and even killing many animals. By starting this composting program, the City of Worthington is trying to cut down that and the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted and trying to re-purpose it all.

Who Can Sign Up and How Does It Work?

Any residents of the City of Worthington can sign up as long as they are a part of a household and not a business. The program is only open to the first 400 people who sign up. To register, residents have to fill out and submit the online form. Then they will receive a fact sheet outlining everything people can and cannot compost. The compost can be collected in any 5-gallon bin and they can also lease a bucket from Innovative Organics and return it at the end of the program. There are a number of drop off locations throughout the city that people can drop off the compost in.

The program is being started because of a generous grant the city received from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and a partnership with Innovative Organics, a Columbus food-waste recycling company. The main goal of the program to cut down the amount of trash the City sends to landfills to help save the local environment.

Student Reactions

Samantha Darby, a sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne High School said that while it is a great program that will definitely be beneficial in the future, she thinks that the city should focus on spending more money on the resources to try and take out the trash piling up in our landfills and rivers. She believes in the future that she will start a compost bin in her backyard to re-purpose her trash into something more than a pile of trash ending up in a landfill.

On the other hand, Samiksha Prasanna, a sophomore at Worthington Kilbourne High School, thinks that the city's composting program is a great idea. She said that the idea of landfills filling up and ruining the environment scares her and that "composting would be something [she] could do without much work, and still feel like [she is] doing good things for the world around [her]".

Worthington's new composting program is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of the city to come together, all while cutting down the amount of trash thrown away.

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Misha Sohail
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Created with images by ivabalk - "fruit peels waste" • Kenny Orr - "untitled image" • myimmo - "river water garbage"