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Story of the day: just because it’s trash doesn’t mean it can’t be sold

March 11, 2011

Today’s story of the day comes from the Yukon News and reporter Vivian Belik, who is nominated for a Ma Murray (against a colleague!) for the environmental initiative award.

Her story, “Greenery rises from the rot” profiles the local dump and reports that Whitehorse will start selling its smelly output.

Landfill manager Dan Jordan likens composting to baking a cake.

It’s a strange analogy when you consider what’s cooking away at the city’s landfill is far from edible.

At the compost facility, waste is piled in heaps the length of a street block.

Banana peels and apple cores mingle with fish bones and grass clippings.

The smell wafts high into the air, a ripe stench that attracts hordes of flies and flocks of seagulls.

On this particular day the odour is similar to fermenting oranges and rotting onions.

It’s hard to imagine this pile of decomposing fruits and vegetables turning into rich, black compost.

However, this week the city announced it will start selling the compost that’s been cooking away at their landfill for years.

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