What is the Curbside Collection Program?

Household organics (food scraps, meat, bones, etc.) are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesdays. Residents pay less than $2 per week to participate in this program. Organics collected are composted instead of incinerated with the trash and go to a commercial composting facility in Ipswich, where they are transformed into finished compost.


The Ipswich Waste Reduction 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.

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1. What is the Curbside Collection Program?
2. What is the cost?
3. Who can participate? Is it too late to join?
4. What are organics?
5. Is it too late to join the Curbside Compost Program?
6. What is accepted?
7. What is not accepted?
8. Why is Ipswich promoting this organics program?
9. What is my fee paying for?
10. When is my payment due? How do I pay?
11. How will the food waste be collected?
12. Can I put my food in plastic bags and then put it in the organics cart?
13. I go away in the winter. Can I get a reduced rate?
14. Where will the organics be composted?
15. How can I minimize odors in my collection cart?
16. Can I compost my biodegradable/compostable plastic foodware?
17. Is there a limit to the accepted food waste that I can put out?
18. Can I put paper yard bags out with the cart for pickup?
19. Why aren’t leaves accepted? They’re organic.
20. Kitty litter?? With or without poop?
21. Why is dog waste not accepted?
22. Can I pay to have just acceptable yard waste picked up?
23. What about shellfish shells?
24. Can I continue my backyard composting?
25. What if I don't want to participate?
26. I use 100% natural biodegradable diapers for our baby. Can I put them in my green cart?
27. How long is the composting process from the time delivered to the finished product?
28. How many tons of organics are processed per week?
29. When and where can I pick up my free compost?
30. How will diverting my food scraps save the town money?