VDOT introduces environmentally friendly disposal of roadkill

Photo credit: Virginia Department of Transportation

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Transportation is introducing a new tool to dispose of roadkill in an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient way.

Workers at VDOT’s Windsor Area Headquarters are using new micro-aeration composting facilities, where air is pumped out from PVC pipes at the bottom of a contained compost bin. VDOT says the air creates a host environment where microbes can thrive, helping to break down animal carcasses into compost in as little as six weeks. The compost then finishes maturing in a curing area for two months.

The Windsor Area Headquarters is one of four pilot test sites to start composting operations around Virginia.

VDOT says workers in Hampton Roads remove an average of 20 dead animals every week from state-maintained highways.

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