Sign Up for Year 2!
Last May, the Borough launched a pilot program to gauge the feasibility of adding food scrap collection to our current recycling efforts. During this pilot, 100 participants have been separating food from the rest of their household waste. The food scraps are collected weekly, just as our recycling and trash are, for composting at a local compost farm.
The Borough partnered with Kitchen Harvest, a composting company owned and operated by Chris Pieretti, located on the grounds of Linvilla Orchards. Finished compost has been made available free during the pilot program.
Nearly 3 tons per month of compostable food scraps have been diverted from the trash stream and gone into reusable, nutrition-rich soil. It is a win/win situation for the environment and residents.
During the year we have sent out two participant surveys to assess how the program is going. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Most respondents said they reduced the volume of their trash by 25 to 50%, and all stated that they wished to continue food scrap collection another year.
Last December, Borough Council voted to extend the pilot program another year and expand it to include an additional 120 participants. Year 2 of the Compost Pilot Program begins May 22, 2019. Participants will attend a brief orientation session in early May, where they will receive instructions, a bright yellow 5-gallon bucket and a list of compostable materials.
If you would like to participate in Year 2, click here to register. The program is filling up fast, so sign up soon.
The Composting Pilot Program is an initiative of the Environmental Advisory Council, a seven-member body appointed by Borough Council, and Transition Town Media.
Why is composting important?
Not only does it reduce household waste, it also…
- Reduces greenhouse gases. Composting keeps food scraps out of the incinerator, decreasing pollution and the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas 310 times more powerful in atmospheric warming than carbon dioxide.
- Reduces energy consumption. The composting process requires fewer work-hours than incineration and no fuel deliveries, further lowering greenhouse gases.
- Turns food waste into a valuable resource. When we compost food waste we create nutrient-rich fertilizer used by local farmers and gardeners. Instead of sending food waste to be burned in the solid waste incinerator, composting recycles nutrients and fiber back into the soil where it can support the growth of fresh new food for our tables.