Food Waste Collection Efforts in Bourne, MA

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A Massachusetts municipal landfill gets national attention for its innovative food waste collection success.

According to the March 13, 2023 edition of Waste Advantage, citing The Enterprise:

“The Town of Bourne’s food waste collection program is booming, having collected 1,500 pounds of food waste so far this calendar year. The food waste collection and composting program is run through the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) facility. Phil Goddard, manager of facility compliance and technology development, briefed the Bourne recycling committee at its meeting on Wednesday morning, March 8, on the program’s growth over the past few months. ‘Word is getting out,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be a lot better than it was last summer.’

More residents have been joining ISWM’s composting efforts, which are supported by Black Earth Compost, a Massachusetts company that specializes in handling organic waste collection. Through the program, residents and property owners are invited to bring food waste and scraps to the collection center in town for composting. Participants are asked to follow stringent guidelines to ensure that contaminants are not put into the composting carts, which are provided by Black Earth.
With the program approaching one ton of waste just 2½ months into the year, Mr. Goddard is hopeful about the program’s continued growth. One aspect in which ISWM hopes to expand the food waste program is through Bourne Public Schools.”…

Read the full article at The Enterprise (Capenews).

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