UT tackles Nashville's growing trash problem

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- A team of University of Tennessee researchers were awarded a $40,000 grant to manage Nashville's growing trash problem.

On the heels of rapid population growth, the city began struggle to manage organic waste, comprised of 30 percent of its residential waste and almost 20 percent of its commercial waste.

The majority of Music City's trash was being sent to an outlying county in middle Tennessee that was set to close in the next decade.

Resource Capture is the non-profit partnering with the researchers.

Together, University of Tennessee and Resource Capture planned to figure out how to use microorganisms to breakdown organic material in a natural process. The byproduct of that process could be used to enrich soil.

The funding for the grant is provided by UT's Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.

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