Compost Center ~ Summer Schedule, through August 31

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The Department of Public Works recently announced a return to the Compost Center’s summer schedule.

The Compost Center, located at 108 Carlisle Road, will be open every other Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm, and every other Wednesday from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm at 106 Carlisle Road. The autumn schedule will be announced at the end of September.

“We were able to offer a more extensive schedule through June to accommodate residents who were home following the stay at home guidance,” said David Manugian, Director of the DPW. “Because of the postponement of Town Meeting and other projects, we are reverting to the summer schedule we’ve had the last few years through September.

“As for the fall schedule, the DPW will announce that in September. A lot will depend on the circumstances related to the Covid-19 virus.”

About Yard Waste ~ What’s Acceptable

Per state regulations, yard waste is prohibited from regular trash. Residents may either compost yard waste on their own property or bring the yard waste to the Compost Center where it will be turned into loam products for Public Works projects.

Acceptable yard waste consists of leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, garden trimmings, weeds, and tree material up to one inch (1”) in diameter. Tree limbs more than one inch (1”) in diameter can be placed in the brush pile. Only paper biodegradable bags, available at a variety of stores, are allowed to be dropped off. Residents should empty plastic trash bags or containers of yard waste and bring them home for reuse.

Compost Bins for Sale at the DPW

Compost bins will be available in July for $45 from the DPW at 314 Great Road, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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