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Greenwich Raises $12,600 for Food Scrap Recycling Pilot

The Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board (GRAB) and Waste Free Greenwich announce full funding to implement a voluntary food scrap recycling pilot in Greenwich. The effort successfully raised $12,600 from a crowdfunding campaign supported by private donors, demonstrating broad support from residents, businesses and other organizations throughout the community.

Sustainable CT, an initiative run by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, matched each dollar donated by the community, doubling funds available for the project.

Waste Free Greenwich, in coordination with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Conservation Commission, are preparing educational and outreach programming, developing operational procedures and procuring materials to implement the pilot, which is scheduled to launch in April 2020.

“This voluntary drop-off program diverts food scraps from our waste stream, converting the material into a valuable resource – compost – and complements broader sustainability goals for the Town of Greenwich to reduce waste,” said Julie DesChamps, founder of Waste Free Greenwich.

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