Solid Waste in New England
Composting in New England
In New England, several state agencies and other organizations offer information on composting programs not only for individual households, but for larger entities such as municipalities, food processors, restaurants, universities, and agricultural operations. A few examples of some local composting projects:
Massachusetts Supermarket Recycling Program Certification (SRPC)
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA), through a Memorandum of Understanding, have partnered to establish a voluntary Supermarket Recycling Program Certification that encourages supermarkets to develop sustainable programs for recycling and reusing organics and other materials. Participating stores not only save money, but also improve their compliance with existing Massachusetts waste disposal bans (rules that prohibit disposal of certain materials that can be recycled.
At Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, pre-consumer kitchen residuals (e.g. unbleached napkins, coffee grinds, egg shells, fruit/vegetable peelings) are taken to a local farm for composting. The program saves Bates College in disposal costs and water usage (as less food waste is put through garbage disposals). For more information on this program:
Dartmouth/Hanover Compost Facility (DHCF)
A public/private partnership formed in 1998 to compost food wastes. For more information on this program:
For more information about New England contacts and programs, see State Agencies and Other Organizations.
For more information on composting, visit EPA's national Composting web site.