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Program helps restaurants turn food scraps into compost

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A Lansing pilot program is offering restaurants an easier way to turn food scraps into compost.

Mayor Virg Bernero on Thursday announced the Scraps to Soil program, which is part of the city's Live Green Lansing initiative.

The Lansing State Journal reports the program will convert food scraps and other organic waste for donations to local community gardens.

Blue Owl Coffee, Juice Nation, Sparrow Hospital, Midtown Brewing Co. and Lansing Brewing Co. have already signed up for the program, which starts Saturday.

Program director Natalie Molnar says it takes about 5 cubic yards of waste to create 1 cubic yard of compost.

The one-year pilot program is funded by a $91,000 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant to the Delta Institute, which partnered with the city and Hammond Farms.

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