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Household organic materials are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesday mornings. Residents pay $1.15 per week to participate in this program. Organics collected are composted instead of incinerated with the trash. The organics collected go to a commercial composting facility in Ipswich.
The Ipswich Recycling Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Department of Public Works Office and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection started this curbside food waste collection pilot in Fall 2011.
The fee to participate in this program is $1.15 per week. We are able to provide a free collection cart, thanks to the Ipswich Department of Public Works.
All Ipswich residents with town trash pickup can participate, but residents with private trash may be eligible as well. You can join at any time by paying the fee at the Department of Public Works office. Now is a great time to join!
Organics are materials that break down naturally and can be turned into compost. Composting organics saves them from going to incinerators or landfills, where space is costly and hard to find. The town currently pays $70.44 per ton to dispose of its trash. Putting organics in landfills produces large amounts of methane, which is harmful to the environment.
The list below includes examples of items that are not accepted. Check here for a complete list.
The fee covers organics pickup at your curb, transportation to the composting facility and composting the food waste.
Kitty litter is accepted as long as it is bentonite-free. All natural animal bedding with waste (poop) is acceptable.
House plants, flowers, floral trimmings, glass clippings, weeds and other yard clippings are all accepted but need to be in a paper leaf bag. Remember, no leaves, stumps or branches!
Yes, you may continue your backyard composting. We encourage you to also participate in the curbside program, because we accept additional items you can't compost in your backyard, such as meat, fish products, soiled paper, bentonite-free kitty litter and much more.
Ipswich currently diverts an average of 3 tons of organic waste per week. More participants means more organic waste diverted and lower trash costs.
The program removes more than 600 pounds of organic waste per participating household per year from the trash stream, reducing the cost to dispose of it. Ipswich pays $70.44 per ton to incinerate its trash at Wheelabrator in North Andover, so composting benefits the town both financially and environmentally.