He said now is an opportune time to begin selling the screened compost because many gardeners want to mulch their flower beds.
The material has been tested by Cornell University, and the data from that testing will be made available to those interesting in acquiring the compost. Clements said it was rated as having a relatively low salt content, which he said is significant given that a portion of it came from food scraps.
“This is a program that can help us lower our waste stream by providing a usable product that is environmentally friendly,” he said.
County Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta, the chairwoman of the Committee on Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns, said the program has the potential to become increasingly beneficial, especially since the county is moving to divorce itself from the regional trash authority known as MOSA.
“We’ve started out small, to see what we can do with composting the material from the Manor and the jail,” she said. “This is a small but good investment for the county, and hopefully it will expand.” She said Clements keeps her committee informed regularly on the progress with the project.
To arrange a purchase of the compost, contact Clements at his conservation district office at 547-8337, Ext. 4.