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WCAX Bike Composting PKG 7/11/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — July 15, 2012

I’m a bit delayed in posting this but anyway…

This week’s reporter piece was a fun feature on a pilot program being tested by the University of Vermont. They’re trying to compost whatever they can, but areas like offices are hard to reach, so they wanted to try to find a way to collect compostable materials from those locations without running a truck there.

Hence bike composting, where local bike cooperative One Revolution rides between 20 or so places on campus and collects those materials from about 30 places before dropping them off at the compost coolers. I had done a quick read-up on it for one of my noon newscasts a few weeks back and wanted to follow up on it.

It must have been a slow news day, because this piece actually aired in every WCAX newscast that night, debuting at 5 p.m., running again at 6 (shown here), and then again at 11. Because of that, I chose not to run it again on my show in the morning because there was a high probability that it had already been seen by many of our viewers. (Not because I didn’t think I’d done a good piece!) So I gave another reporter pkg that show time.

Something I didn’t get to mention in the piece because I ran out of time, but people might wonder, is whether the bags smell. The answer I got is that they haven’t had complaints about that, and it helps because the bags, which are compostable too, have a cellulose lining (prevents leakage) and are also very breathable, which means they don’t create an anaerobic environment that bacteria flourish in. So the rotting process doesn’t happen as quickly. Plus, since pickup happens twice a week, the food scraps aren’t left sitting long enough to get really nasty.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

July 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

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