Applications are available until July 20 for Belfast households and small apartment buildings interested in participating in a one-year demonstration project for composting all household food waste on-site.

Twenty selected participants will be supplied with two Green Cone units, an accelerated food waste digester that composts meat, bones and dairy products without creating odors or attracting pests. The units will be installed at selected households throughout the city in August by volunteers from the Belfast On-Site Composting Team.

Each household will also receive a conventional backyard composting unit for organic materials not requiring the special Green Cone technology. Homeowners will be required to report to the team periodically about their experience with the Green Cones and will be allowed to keep the equipment if they participate for the full year.

The project was organized by Belfast citizen volunteers, patterned on similar successful pilot projects in Nova Scotia and Vermont. In earlier testing, composting with the Green Cone system routinely diverted approximately 25 percent of each participating household’s total waste stream from costly landfill disposal.

Applications have been posted at area churches and at the Belfast Co-op, or contact team member Alexandra Chaplin at 338-3242 to participate.

Results of the demonstration project will be reported to the City Council next year by the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee.