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Greenfield compost containers a hit

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)

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)

Recorder Staff

GREENFIELD — The town’s new home compost kitchen containers have been such a hit that Greenfield has already had to restock its supply. According to Janine Greaves, Greenfield’s recycling coordinator, the town’s first 200 containers sold out in one week.

Greenfield decided earlier this year to give its homeowners and apartment dwellers the option to recycle their food and other compostable scraps at the transfer station with the hope that many will eventually learn how to compost the materials themselves and use the organic fertilizer in their own backyards.

All of the food compost the transfer station collects goes to Martin’s Farm Compost and Mulch on Plain Road.

The town is purchasing the 1.9-gallon vented containers with a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection grant and is selling them for $4 at Town Hall and the transfer station.

The vented lids allows moisture to evaporate, which reduces odor-causing bacteria.

The following can be stored in the containers: 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 and paper plates and cups.

What cannot be stored in them are lids, straws, plastic bags, cups, plates and utensils, Styrofoam, tissues, liquids, pet waste or bedding, trash and 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 Art Baker, director of public works. “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.”

There is a food compost bin at the transfer station. Resident may either bring their food compost to the transfer station or keep it for personal use.

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 413-772-1528, ext. 106.

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