“We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” –Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
Curbside Composting is almost here!
Beginning July 1, you can get your yellow compost bucket at:
- Borough Hall (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, second floor foyer, 301 N. Jackson Street)
- The Media Farmers Market (10 am to 12 noon, Sunday mornings, Edgmont Street between Front and State Streets
On Wednesday, July 7, you can put your yellow bucket, brimming (or not) with food scraps, out with your yard waste (same spot you normally put your trash and recycling). All that nutrition-rich goodness (up to 30% of household trash) will be taken—not to the incinerator to be turned into smoke, but—to the farm to be transformed into finished compost and used to grow more healthy food.
What is left to know? Plenty. The Compost Committee has written a highly informative FAQ based on questions from our pilot program participants that is available on the Public Works website—click here to take a look.
We have also created a short fun video about the program—check it out here.
But why should we recycle? What good does it do? Let’s steal a page (a web page, that is) from Addison County, Vermont:
- Composting reduces waste, makes us less dependent on landfills [and incinerators], and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
- Compost strengthens soil and promotes healthy plant growth.
- Composting reduces the need for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
- Composting recycles essential nutrients back into the soil.
- Compost promotes a prolific soil ecosystem.
[For more on each of these points, click here.]
In short, food scrap composting allows the Borough to spend our tax dollars on a waste disposal system that is great for the community, the soil, and the environment.