Food Scraps Composting Background
During the 2012 legislative session, the County Council passed one of the most environmentally aggressive bills within the last 20 years. CB-87-2012 mandated the establishment of a food scrap composting pilot project by 2014.
In May 2013, the Department of the Environment (DoE) tested food scrap composting utilizing mobile GORE® Cover technology at the County-owned Organics Composting Facility (OCF) in Upper Marlboro. Maryland Environmental Service operates the facility on behalf of the County. The have been multiple expansions of the GORE® system, from three (3) heaps to four (4) heaps and from four (4) heaps to eight (8) heaps, in 2018, a 12-bunker walled system was completed, allowing for the acceptance and processing of over 32,000 tons of food scraps per year.
What are Food Scraps?
Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility
The Prince George’s County Organics Composting Facility located at 6500 Old Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro is one of the largest composting facilities on the East Coast, accepting yard trim and food scraps through its residential curbside collection program, institutions and educational facilities.
The facility produces a nutrient-rich amendment product called Leafgro Gold® that is great for flower gardens, vegetable gardens, perennials, bulbs, planting trees and shrubs.