The Town of Greenwich, in partnership with Waste Free Greenwich, Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Greenwich Green & Clean, launched a Municipal food scrap recycling pilot for the Town of Greenwich on June 15th, 2020.
Why compost? Landfills are filling up, Greenwich's cost of disposal continues to go up, and 22% of municipal waste is food scraps. Food waste isn’t trash, so developing a way that we can redirect the food waste into a composting bin will reduce costs and potentially develop a valuable resource that can be turned into compost, a soil amendment that enriches our soil.
How do you do it?
COLLECT your food scraps in a kitchen collection container. Although not required, you may line the container with a compostable or paper bag - please no plastic bags, which do not break down and contaminate the final product. Compostable bags are available for purchase (25 bags for $2/roll) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Greenwich Green & Clean (203-531-0006). If purchased online or in a store, bags must be BPI certified. As of July 12, the following local stores stock BPI-certified bags:
- Feinsod’s Hardware (268 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich): EcoSafe brand
- Whole Foods (90 East Putnam, Greenwich): Repurpose or BioBag brand
TRANSFER food scraps from the countertop pail once full to a larger bin for weekly storage. Most residents will fill the countertop pail 3-4 times per week. This larger bin can also be used for transportation of food scraps to Holly Hill. Anything that holds around 5-6 gallons and has a lid will work. It is recommended that food storage bins be kept indoors – either in the house or in the garage.
BRING your transportation bin to the Food Scrap Recycling drop-off site at Holly Hill to dispose of your food scraps as often as needed.