Who: City of Modesto, Calif., Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods Department What: Commercial Food and Organic Waste Recycling Program (FORK) EPA grant: $49,850 City match: $44,050
Modesto's 50-acre composting facility is the linchpin of its Food and Organic Waste Recycling Program (FORK) and one reason the city consistently beats its annual landfill-diversion mandate of 4.7 pounds per capita. It takes four to six months to process organic material into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for farmers, contractors, and the general public to use.
All food scraps
Filters and tea bags
Meat, bones, fish
Paper products: cups, plates, towels, place mats, milk cartons