Nowhere in your article “Let’s Talk Trash” (March issue) is there mention of the cost or economic impact of the Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton Lab. Without cost figures or how the program is funded, it is not possible to determine whether the program is beneficial, efficient, or makes sense economically.

I assume that little attention is paid to citing the cost or source of funding because the money either comes from a grant or the taxpayer, so it is someone else’s money?

Editor’s note: According to the S.C.R.A.P. Lab, the composting equipment was purchased with a donor grant and ongoing funding comes from multiple sources, including support from the facilities department and grants for specific research projects. For additional information, visit

Max Maizels ’72
Richmond, Va.