Updated Mon, Sep 30, 2013 2:02 pm
An Ohio prison and the state Environmental Protection Agency have launched a composting program to keep more than 600 tons of prison food waste out of the landfill.
The system at Noble Correctional Facility in southeastern Ohio will reduce 676 tons of annual food waste to about 20 tons of compost for prison landscaping and gardening.
The program announced Monday is expected to save the prison about $60,000 a year in transportation and landfill fees.
The Ohio EPA provided a $175,000 grant for machines that reduce the waste to compost over eight weeks.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which kicked in $30,000, says the state spends about $1.4 million a year disposing of about 14,000 tons of prison food waste.
The state hopes to expand the program.