Resolve to Reduce Food Waste in the New Year

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~Submitted by Liz Antanavica, Bedford Refuse & Recycling Administrator

We all eat. As a result, there is some inherent waste to providing three square meals a day. Did you know that up to 40 percent of household trash is food waste or other compostable items? This year, consider making food waste reduction a priority. Banana peels, eggshells, coffee grounds and toilet paper tubes are all compostable at home or with a curbside service.

For a limited time the DPW will supply the starter kit to new Black Earth curbside compost pickup subscribers in Bedford.
  • It’s achievable! Everyone can start to reduce some amount of compostable material from ending up in the trash. 
  • It’s measurable! You’ll start to see the impact right away in terms of how many kitchen trash bags you put in your black trash cart.
  • It’s good for the planet! No matter how you choose to compost, the end result of that decomposition is nutrient rich earth that can be applied to a lawn or garden, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.

Here are three ways to start composting:

1. FREE FOOD WASTE STARTER KITS
Bedford Residents who sign up for curbside service with Black Earth Compost can pick up a free starter kits ($34 value) at the DPW Building, 314 Great Rd. Approximately 150 kits are available.

2. REDUCED-PRICE BACKYARD COMPOSTERS 
These are available at the Bedford Department of Public Works for $45 each.

3. DROP-OFF FOOD WASTE PILOT PROGRAM
Public Works is looking for 100 residents interested in a drop-off pilot program to divert food waste out of the trash. Interested residents should fill out the online interest form. Priority will be given to residents without backyard space for composting or financial hardship.

For further information, contact Liz Antanavica, Refuse & Recycling Administrator at 781-275-7605, ext. 4261.


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