Household organics are collected by participants, placed in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesday mornings. Residents pay $95 per year to participate and the DPW subsidizes this program with grant funds and provides a free compost cart.
Finished compost is available for participants, up to 50 gallons twice per year.
The Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, with the Department of Public Works and MassDEP, started this curbside collection pilot in Fall 2011. More than 1,074 tons of organics have been composted instead of incinerated with the trash.