RainReserve helps Madison turn food waste into helpful resource

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Composting pail

MADISON, Wis. – Madison residents have a chance to turn food waste into something useful, thanks to this year’s compost bin truckload sale.

The event, held Saturday by RainReserve, was part of the city’s efforts to reduce waste and prevent harmful phosphorous run-off into area lakes.

Event-goers got a chance to learn how to build a rain barrel compost bin at home.

By composting, you can reduce the number of harmful chemicals and algae that grow in local waterways.

“The simple, low maintenance activity of composting food scraps and other organic material yields direct benefits to our community”, Madison Sustainability Program Coordinator Stacie Reece said in a statement.

Officials say that just one pound of phosphorous can generate up to 500 pounds of algae.