THANK YOU to those that have volunteered to help get the word out about the Wellesley Food Waste Recycling Program! With the holidays coming up, when there is often more food on the table, there is also more food waste to recycle :) So, this is a great time to talk to folks.
We have been given permission to have a table outside of Roche from 10am-2pm on Saturday 11/16 & 11/23.
Please contact Sharon at 781-325-3292 to let her know what DAY and TIME(S) you will be there. We have had a very positive experience thus far talking to folks outside of Green's Hardware and at the RDF. People have been genuinely engaged and interested to see the compostable bags, the counter-top collector bins and the garage bucket/bin as well--of course these are all optional, except for the compostable bags.
This volunteer opportunity is easy; just have a natural, quick, nice interaction with folks asking them if they live in town, know about the food waste recycling program which is not only good for the environment, but saves the town money. Hand those a flyer that are busy and or want more information.
The reason for this initiative is that 30% of everyday household trash is food waste.
Right now, Wellesley's recycling of food waste is 6% of the total recycling at our RDF. So there is a lot of food waste Wellesley is NOT recycling. We can do better and it’s easy to do.
How the Wellesley Food Waste Program works:
-You collect your food waste- leftovers, cooking/baking scraps, or food that you didn't get around to eating at home in a compostable bag.
-Food waste in compostable bags is collected at the Wellesley RDF, in the FOOD WASTE receptacles, next to the general trash receptacles.
-The Wellesley RDF takes this to the Charlestown company, Save That Stuff, where their anaerobic digesters convert it to methane, which produces electricity for their company. A portion of the leftover byproduct is made into pellets of low grade fertilizer.
-Wellesley delivers approximately one ton of food waste to them weekly at a cost of $60 per ton which is $22 per ton less than The Town pays to dispose of regular household trash.
Try recycling your food waste. It’s good for the environment, produces clean energy, fertilizes the soil and saves the town money—a savings that we can increase!