Curbside Compost Info for Eligible Households

kitchen binParticipation in the City's pilot program for curbside compost pickup is voluntary. From October 6-14, all eligible residences will get instructions, a kitchen bin with compostable bags, and a green curbside bin (to share at multi-family buildings) and free weekly collection on your regular pickup day. Eligible residences must be in the Monday collection route, have City trash service and include single family homes and multi-family buildings up to 12 units. Accepted materials include all food scraps and soiled paper. Place materials in kitchen scrap container lined with a compostable bag. Tie full bags and place in the green curbside bin (no twist ties). Paper bags are OK too.

Since food scraps creates heat and moisture, your kitchen bin is ventilated on the sides, top and bottom. The BioBags breathe naturally, allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This process allows food scraps to dry, thus slowing the “rotting process”, which causes odor. Food scraps placed in closed containers like a solid plastic or ceramic pail can build up bacterial odor quickly and end up causing odor. You can place the kitchen bucket on your counter, use the hinges to hang it inside the cabinet door under your kitchen sink, or in the fridge or freezer to slow the rotting process even more.

Free weekly collection begins October 19, the same day as your recycling and trash. The City's curbside binhauler will collect the material and take it to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus. Other compost sites may be used too.

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