Composting Grant Fund On the Right Track But Needs Improvement for Counties

On March 2, 2022, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko testified before the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 1070 – Solid Waste Disposal and Diversion and On–Farm Composting and Compost Use with amendments. The bill would create several grant funds to encourage composting, environmental stewardship, and recycling.

From the MACo testimony

Addressing the seriousness of climate change will require bold investments in new solutions
around many of our public services. How to handle waste in the future looms as one of the most prominent questions. HB 1070 would seek to invest in new programs meant to address how counties take waste and turn this liability into a resource. Most of the proposed grant programs reduce waste from the food supply and divert food waste to be reused in food production. Counties praise the vision of HB 1070 but have concerns about the proposed funding mechanism for the proposed programs.

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