The city of Highland Park, Ill., announced it will begin a voluntary food waste composting program in August to divert waste from landfills.
The pilot program will include about 2,500 eligible households, according to a press release. Residents will receive a 33-gallon composting cart, an under-sink collection bucket and compostable bags. The food waste will be collected once a week by Veolia Environmental Services and taken to a composting facility, the release indicates.
The program will cost $40 per residence. The first 125 registrants will be charged $20, according to the release. At the end of November, the city will evaluate the effectiveness of the program.