Boston begins curbside composting program

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“This municipal-funded program is a major milestone for New England.”

Some compost piles at Massachusetts Natural Fertilizer Company in Westminster. Susan Crater / The Boston Globe

a curbside composting program, Announced by Mayor Michelle Wu’s office in late MayStarted Monday in Boston, 10,000 households signed up to take their food waste out of the city.

The program is part of Mayor Wu’s commitment to making Boston a green New Deal city by reducing the city’s reliance on landfills.

“In Boston we do big things by doing the little things right, and curbside food waste collection is a key example of how we can make an impact in moving our city toward sustainability,” Wu said. One Release that announced the schedule in May.

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Residents can sign up online and receive a compost bucket that will be collected on scheduled garbage and recycling days. The program was limited to 10,000 households for the first year and enrollment is now complete, but Residents can join the waiting list for the future, Each year, depending on the demand, the program aims to add 10,000 or more families.

“Food waste accounts for a third of the current waste stream, and we are excited to introduce this program to Boston residents to help meet our zero waste goals,” said Roads Chief Jascha Franklin-Hodge . “Our goal is to educate residents about ways to reduce the amount of food waste they generate and to give them ways to responsibly dispose of what they cannot use or donate.”

Composting Initiatives Will Help Boston Achieve zero waste planWhich has set a target of reducing waste by 2035. The city is expanding Project Oscar A food waste program began in 2015 that allows residents to bin the compost, adding about 25 new sites across the city.

The compost will be collected through a partnership between Garbage to Garden and Save That Stuff. Stuff’s composting site in West Bridgewater will be sent to compost to turn it into soil for Boston parks, gardens and schools, and to clean energy at the management’s core facility in Charlestown.

Boston is only the fifth city in Massachusetts to offer this service, after Manchester-by-the-Sea, Wenham, Cambridge, and Hamilton. according to GBH, With a population significantly higher than those cities (even combined), Boston’s composting program is expected to have a major impact.

“This municipality-funded program is a major milestone for New England,” said Trash of the Gardens president and founder Tyler Frank.

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