The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering teaming up with a Homer area composter to turn organic waste, usually transported to the borough's landfill, into fertilizer.
“The Borough Administration is very interested in setting up a pilot project collecting food waste from local restaurants [and] perhaps facilities like the hospital. We’re still working on the details, but basically collecting food waste and composting them instead of putting them into the borough landfill,” said South Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne.
Dunne says businesses interested in the service would have waste hauled to the composter. The borough would front the cost for composting bins but the rest of the project would be privately funded.
“We had a study done a couple of years ago about trying to setup a composting project up at the borough landfill. It was going to be pretty expensive to create the structures needed for that and purchase the equipment,” said Dunne.
Dunne says the borough would have spent over $3 million on that project.
But, he adds, the collaboration under consideration right now could be done with zero capital costs for the borough and it would save some of the cost to ship waste up to Soldotna.
Dunne says the project is still in the planning stages and a date hasn't been set to bring it online.