Whately composting program marks 10 years

WHATELY — For 10 years, the town and Bear Path Farm have worked to compost food and paper waste.

This year, they celebrate their 10th anniversary of a municipal compost program, the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

The program is now one of 10 across the state, including three others in Franklin County: Northfield, New Salem and Orange.

In 2012, the town transfer station collected about nine tons of food and paper waste and the elementary school collected about three tons.

The program began in 2003 when the Franklin Count Solid Waste Management District initiated a pilot project at the Whately Transfer Station to collect food and paper waste. The organics would then be composted at Bear Path Farm in Whately.

The project was funded through a state technical assistance grant. To celebrate, the town transfer station gave away free “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails to residents.

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