The city, two other governments and a business filed an application Friday for a $1.4 million state grant to fund a regional composting program.
"Food composting is the standard in Europe and, just like mainstream recycling, will come eventually to New York," says the program summary provided by Manning.
"This grant (in) the Capital District (will) seed a new industry that can serve all 160 municipalities," the summary continues.
Manning said the initiative would help the region meet its sustainability goals.
A successful application, Manning said, would permit Watervliet to move its composting program forward to include an anaerobic digester to produce energy. The city has a compost program and wants to further expand it.
The grant would permit Schenectady County to expand its composting site. Along with Watervliet's digester, this would cater to the regional food waste recycling market, according to the application.
"Composting and digestion sites can be small and compact and can be sited in communities of all sizes. Sites are flow-through, meaning nothing is stored long term on site creating no future brown fields or legacy landfill problems," the summary continues.