For several months now Howard County has produced and sold record amounts of composted material.
In both March and April the County’s Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services sold more than 3,100 cubic yards of HoCoGro compost from the Alpha Ridge Landfill Facility. Average monthly sales were previously registering around 1,000 cubic yards. Composted material is a valuable soil additive that helps plants grow, and diverts food residuals and yard waste from landfills.
From the press release:
“My administration is committed to creating a clean and sustainable environment in Howard County through the implementation of programs that promote green infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “In line with our environmental goals, our Bureau of Environmental Services’ HoCoGro program encourages residents to buy and utilize this locally produced product, in turn, helping reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and use of chemical fertilizers.”
The County has produced HoCoGro since 2013, and last year was awarded with the US Composting Council’s “Seal of Testing Assurance.”