Backyard Buckets: Dickinson receives grant for composting program

The federal share awarded to the City of Dickinson was estimated at $66,200. The city share includes a community site at the Baler Building and five other community sites that will be located throughout Dickinson. The city share offers “in-kind services,” Recycling Coordinator Rachel Shumaker said, noting that includes Shumaker’s wages for two hours a week for the next two years and the recycling department’s administrative assistant for one hour a week for the next two years.

“It’s not anything that the city is doing themselves. It’s to help residents get started composting in their backyards to help divert some of that usable waste to get it out of the landfill,” Shumaker said.

Shumaker provided a report on the “community compost and food waste reduction grant” during the Oct. 5 Dickinson City Commission meeting noting that the City of Dickinson was one of 24 in the United States and the only city within this region that received this grant. The City of Dickinson partnered with Peace Lutheran Church and its Community Garden, Urban Forestry Committee, North Dakota State University Extension Center, Stark-Billing County NDSU Extension and Dickinson Parks and Recreation.

“So we had a pretty big group

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