The City of Frederick is pleased to announce it has received a significant grant award for its composting program.
The received a $200,000 award from the United States Department of Agriculture, with a match of $100,000 in City funds and staff time.
Through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Compost and Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements Program, the City will be able to provide educational materials and reach more residents who may not know about the program. The funding also will allow the City to add one more Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) to the pilot. The City will use some of the funds for translation services and plans to launch the educational campaign once the agreement is finalized.
Compostable materials make up about 30 percent of average household trash. The City of Frederick has been adding neighborhoods to its compost pilot program since spring 2022 and this award now presents the City the opportunity to expand. Compost recovery is an important part of reducing the City’s overall carbon emissions.