‘Caring’ community

To the Journal editor:

There have been a number of articles in the past about the composting program in Marquette. The powers that be are putting forth effort to help lower the cost of garbage disposal and extend the life of the county landfill.

Even the best recycling/composting program in the world will not make a difference without the participation of the community it serves. Composting your food scraps and other compostable materials could divert 60 percent of the waste stream from the landfill.

Composting can be an easy and effective way to make a positive difference for the community! Items acceptable for composting include fruit and vegetable scraps, bread, pasta, grains, eggshells, nutshells, coffee filters and grounds, tea bags, tea leaves, cooking oil, and grease. Meat, fish, poultry, and bones are also acceptable, preferably wrapped in old newspaper.

Soiled paper towels, napkins, pizza boxes and paper food wrap is also acceptable. A 5-gallon bucket under the kitchen sink is a convenient way to start collecting food scraps that can then be dumped in a trailer currently in front of the Marquette City Service Center at 850 Baraga Ave., marked “Organics.” The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) utilizes the compost in landscaping and other projects at the landfill site and is presently in need of more compost materials.

Marquette CARES (Community Amending Recycling EffortS) is a community organization that shares information and encourages recycling and composting. For more information email mqtcares@yahoo.com, or find us on Facebook.

Also, more specific information regarding the county composting program can be found on the MCSWMA website (www.mqtcorecycling.com).