Ontario County Jail: Making good from unwanted grub

How many onion skins, banana peels and bread loaf heels does it take to make a ton of waste? A lot.

That’s how much was collected in food scraps over three months from the Ontario County Jail. And there’s more more on the way.

Instead of dumping the scraps in the garbage and ending up in a dump — in this case, the Ontario County landfill in Seneca — the discards are being reused.

The future of this food waste? Compost, fertilizer and fueling a system that converts manure and food waste into methane gas to produce electricity.

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