Green Philly Recreation Center Compost Program

Parks & Recreation is teaming up with a local composting company to collect food scraps from 1 million meals served annually to children.

On a humid day following a week of rain, the smell of composting food waste hung in the air off Rising Sun Avenue, where the City of Philadelphia announced on Tuesday its private partnership with a first-of-its-kind facility for Pennsylvania.

Just a stone’s throw from Tacony Creek in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia, the city now has a facility where it can send the food scraps collected from nearly a million meals each year served to children at Parks & Recreation’s 150-plus Rec Centers. In exchange for free composting of roughly 150 tons of city waste each year (once fully operational), Philadelphia has given Bennett Compost the keys to a former Parks & Recreation maintenance facility where it can compost materials from both the city and its private customers.

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