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Household organics are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesday mornings. Residents pay $1.83 per week ($95 per year) to participate in this program and are given 50 gallons of free compost. Organics collected are composted instead of incinerated with the trash.
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 organics collected on Wednesday mornings go to a commercial composting facility in Ipswich.