County business will be
able to turn more waste into wealth, thanks to $100,000 from the state
Department of Environmental Protection‘s Compost Infrastructure grant program.
The money will allow Terra-Gro Inc. to purchase equipment
for the production of compost, according to the state.
Terra-Gro and its sister business, Pine View Enterprises, work
together to collect used animal bedding and waste, turn it into compost and
sell it for use on athletic fields, gardens and turf.
Using the new equipment, Terra-Gro will partner with Oregon
Dairy in Manheim Township to double the latter’s on-site composting capacity to
32,000 cubic yards per year, the state said.
This additional capacity will allow local grocery stores,
farms, schools, restaurants and townships to contribute organic waste for
composting. The project also will create five to 10 permanent jobs, according
to the state.
The grant was part of almost $400,000 dispersed to six recipients
statewide to reduce and reuse organic waste.
This item was modified from its original version to correct ‘square’ to ‘cubic’ in the phrase ‘32,000 cubic yards per year.’