|Virginia DOC Receives Funding to Enhance Composting Efforts and Reduce Waste|
|By Virginia Department of Corrections|
RICHMOND – The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Virginia Department of Corrections $88,700 in technical assistance grant funding through their waste management initiative to improve planning and management of solid waste in rural areas. The USDA specifically targeted projects that plan to establish composting programs and emphasize food-waste diversion from landfills. Funding began on October 1, 2018 and will continue through September 30, 2019.
VADOC will use the funds to establish a part-time position responsible for planning, developing and implementing a compost program at 18 prison sites with adjacent farms. This position will work collaboratively with the Environmental Services and Agribusiness units, as well as facility staff, to support the growth of composting programs at these sites. In addition, select VADOC staff will attend training to become certified compost operators in order to continue the oversight of this program once the grant period ends.
In 2017, VADOC facilities produced more than 16,400 tons of waste costing the agency nearly a million dollars in landfill fees. This program aims to reduce the amount of landfilled waste in the target facilities, improve the condition of soil nutrients, increase soil absorption capacity, and ultimately save agency resources. In addition, offender workers will gain experience with a variety of composting technologies.
Targeted facilities include:
Please contact Lois Fegan, VADOC Recycling & Sustainability Manager, with any questions regarding the grant project at 804-837-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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