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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Food Waste Drop Sites in Superior

Ida Sampson

About 30% of waste that ends up in Wisconsin landfills is food. That food leads to methane released into the atmosphere. With those stats in mind, the new Food Waste Drop Sites in the City of Superior have an opportunity to make a significant difference.

Ida Sampson and Darienne McNamara from the City of Superior have worked with city officials and residents throughout the development and implementation of the program. "We started out last fall with a workshop," says Sampson, the Stormwater and Administrative Services Manager. "[We] invited the public to come down and talk to us, give us some feedback." Comments from the public helped with (among other things) the decision about where the six drop sites would be located.

Recognizing that changing daily habits doesn't always come easily, connection with the community and messaging to the public will continue. "We purchased a bunch of BPI certified compost food waste bags," says McNamara, the Environmental Regulatory Manager for the city. Along with the bags, small baskets for personal kitchens are being given away for free at various events. "That's one way we're trying to make it easier for folks to start to form these new habits."

For more information about the drop locations and the program, visit the City of Superior website.

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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