Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pilot Project Tries Composting Road Kill

What happens to animals that are hit and killed on roadways? In Virginia, they're composted. Yep, you read that right. Workers remove an average of 20 road kill animals per week, according to the Virginia Department Of Transportation, and turn them into dirt.

Here are the details. And according to VDOT, it's not as gory as it sounds.

3 comments:

Charles Hansen said...

I have a friend that owns a butcher shop in Stevens County, he does custom butchering for people that bring in cows, pigs, deer, elk, etc. The sheriff also brings in road kill which he cuts up and makes hamburger. Since you cannot sell wild game they donate to the local food bank.

SRTC Staff said...

Huh... I knew some of the local homeless shelters get animals killed by vehicles, but guess I didn't ever think that it needed to be "prepared first." Guess I just always thought they dropped an entire deer carcass off at the mission. Lol, guess I never thought that one through!

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