Greenfield selling composting bins
Janine Greaves, recycling coordinator for the Greenfield Department of Public Works, with the counter-top compost buckets for sale at the DPW office in Town Hall. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »
GREENFIELD — The town’s Department of Public Works is now offering home compost kitchen containers in which they can store their scraps.
The 1.9-gallon Sure-Close kitchen counter scrap containers may now be purchased from the DPW for $4 each .
The town bought the containers with a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection grant. The containers may be brought to the transfer station at 86 Cumberland Road or to a backyard compost pile when full.
The following can be stored in the containers, which have vented lids that allow moisture to evaporate while reducing odor-causing bacteria: meat, fish, bones, dairy, eggs, eggshells, fruits and vegetables, bread, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee grounds, paper filters, small pieces of soiled or waxed cardboard, paper towels and napkins, paper plates and cups (no lids or straws). Larger compostable items like soiled pizza boxes and small wooden fruit crates can be stored separated and taken to the compost pile at the landfill.
Items that cannot be collected in containers for composting are: plastic bags, wrappers or plastic wrap, liquids, tissues, plastic utensils, Styrofoam, plastic cups and plates, pet waste or bedding, trash, plastic, metal and glass.
“The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has set a goal to have all organic material diverted from disposal by 2020,” said Arthur Baker, director of the DPW. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this program in anticipation of the deadline. Hopefully, the program will be utilized by residents to help reduce the transportation of these materials to the waste-to-energy facility in Springfield, as well as reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides.”
Baker said he hopes that the compost generated at the landfill will allow be used by the town in place of certain fertilizers and pesticides normally used for public works projects or maintenance.
The transfer station is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call the DPW at 413-772-1528.