Last updated: October 17. 2013 10:22AM -
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UNION COUNTY — Some local residents will have the opportunity to put some of their household garbage to good use through a new recycling program being implemented by the Union County Public Works Department.

Public Works Director John Gibson announced Wednesday that the county has used a state grant to purchase composting bins to distribute to interested Union County residents.

“It’s a campaign program that we’re partnering with South Carolina DHEC on,” Gibson said. “We got a $5,000 grant from DHEC which we used to purchase 125 composting bins and distribute them to the people of Union County.”

Gibson described composting as a form of recycling that recycles table scraps and yard waste.

“Composting is just a form of recycling,” Gibson said. “You’re taking products people would normally throw away and turning them into useful products.

“The products we are talking about are leaves, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit table scraps, and bread,” he said. “You put those in your composting bin and they make a very rich soil. You can take that soil and use it in potting plants or use it on your garden and not have to buy fertilizer.”

Gibson said the bins can hold 80 gallons of compost with the items to be turned into compost placed in through the top and then taken out through a door at the bottom when it is ready. He said the process of converting table scraps and yard waste into compost varies according to weather conditions.

“It takes longer in the winter than in the summer,” Gibson said. “We’re getting started at the right time now because if start putting it in now you will have soil for the spring. As it warms up, you may be able to produce compost every month.”

Gibson said that during the summer it may be necessary to periodically add a gallon of water to the mix as moisture is required for the composting process.

Persons interested in getting a composting bin may obtain one from the Public Works Department after first participating in a presentation on recycling.

“The bins are free, but there is a requirement to attend a 30-minute presentation about recycling,” Gibson said. “At the end of the presentation you pick up your composting bin here at the office.”

Gibson said the presentations will be made at the Public Works Department in Bonham at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, 13, 21 and Dec. 5 and 12. Each session has 10 slots available, but Gibson said that the Nov. 7 session is completely booked. He said that anyone interested in participating in the program and getting a free composting bin should call the Union County Public Works Department at 864-429-2807 as soon as possible to register for the presentations.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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