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Posted on: January 1, 2021

Parents Get into the Habit of Food Scrap Recycling


Parents Get into the Habit of Food Scrap Recycling

Mamaroneck High School alums and sisters, Gina and Kaitlyn Talt inspired their parents, Francine and George, to start food scrap recycling. The habit has stuck, and now Francine and George love it!

Francine admitted, “At first, I was a bit leery as I wasn’t sure if it was going to stink up the kitchen.” To her pleasant surprise, “I didn’t smell anything!  We got the compostable bags and kept the lid closed.”  Francine also noticed how much less garbage they produced.

It helped that at the start, Kaitlyn dropped off the full bin of food scraps at the Maxwell Avenue Recycling Center. Now, Francine and George do the food scrap drop-off themselves as a matter of course.

This makes Gina, who knows a thing or two about composting, really happy.  Gina works at Princeton University, overseeing the Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton (S.C.R.A.P.) Lab; an investigation into food scrap recycling and soil revitalization through small-scale, in-vessel composting.

Kudos to Talt Family of Composting Champions!

Kaitlyn Talt at the Compost Giveback in 2019.

Gina Talt (far right) at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Princeton University’s new biodigester, which converts food scraps into nutrient-rich compost, on January 8, 2019.

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