The Virginia Department of Transportation will study a new way to dispose of dead animals struck by cars - putting them in a compost pile.
The Virginia Daily Press reports the agency has plans to study the proposal this summer. Currently, 77-percent of the animals collected on the side of the road are sent to landfills.
Those in favor of composting say it would free up space in landfills and save money on transportation costs. The agency currently spends $4.4 million on transporting roadkill carcasses.
Roadkill composting programs are already in place in Ohio and New York.