Municipal #1 Hamilton’s curbside organics program mr 3-2011


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Municipal #1 Hamilton’s curbside organics program mr 3-2011

  1. 1. Hamilton’s Curbside Organics Pilot Program Gretel Clark, Hamilton Recycling Committee
  2. 2. Background Info <ul><li>HAMILTON WENHAM </li></ul><ul><li>Population = 8,ooo 5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Families 2,400 1,200 </li></ul><ul><li>Square miles 15 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Pop/sq. mile 554 546 </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of open space so many households compost on their property </li></ul><ul><li>Both Towns vote Republican </li></ul>
  3. 3. Recycling History <ul><li>5 years ago , encouraged recycling, enforced waste bans, continued unlimited of solid waste </li></ul><ul><li>3 years ago Hamilton, then Wenham (a year later), voted in a WRP (one free barrel: $1.75/bag for excess solid waste). Pay hauler through taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>2 years ago instituted a pilot composting program involving 75 families for 8 weeks in winter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implemented by volunteer Recycle committee in Hamilton. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free bins and service to participants: weekly pick up of compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hauler and composter offered their services for free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents given free compost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results of program revealed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Average of 27lbs solid waste before organics collection. With organics, the participating households removed 10-12 lbs per week = 1/3 to ½ less! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With 81% of participants responding, 92% said that they would pay any where from $50-$100/year to have their organic waste picked up weekly. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Results of Larger Pilot Program <ul><li>One year ago, after 6 months of recruiting, a second organic waste program was introduced with 575 families participating and paying $75 for weekly pick up; many paying $29 for their counter top and roadside bins. </li></ul><ul><li>Hamilton administered the program for both towns. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey results showed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unqualified (94%) support at the same price. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>program should be offered town-wide with an increase in the price of the solid waste overflow bags (73%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>composting program should be mandatory if free (54%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>56% had taken advantage of the free compost offer. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only two problems heard, (they were solved): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maggots in the summer—solved by freezing meat and cooked food until pick-up day; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost freezing to bottom of bin in winter—solved by bringing bin into house the night before pick up day. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. Where are we going from here? <ul><li>Hiltz proposed using a split body truck for Recycling and Organics. In addition, the Town is considering: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change from a Waste Reduction Program (one free 33 gal. barrel) to PAYT with NO free barrel. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raising the price of the 33 gal. bag to $2.00 and offering a half size bag at $1.00. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offering weekly pick up of single-stream recyclables (currently being picked up every other week) and compost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued weekly pick up of solid waste. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents’ compost will be picked up free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most, if not all, of the cost of the compost bin will be paid for by grants and DEP assistance. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. Benefits To The Town <ul><li>Trash cost expected go down another 15-25% </li></ul><ul><li>New bag revenue from the PAYT program to help pay greater share of program costs </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to use the compost as fill for our landfill (currently slated to cost the town $2.4 million). </li></ul><ul><li>Longer term potential to install an anaerobic digester on the landfill site and accept other towns’ organics </li></ul>
  7. 9. Benefits To The Citizens <ul><li>Free weekly curbside organics collection </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly single-stream pick up of recyclables </li></ul><ul><li>Continued access to free compost </li></ul><ul><li>A lowered tax rate by putting trash costs into an Enterprise Fund (off the tax). </li></ul><ul><li>Individual control over costs of disposal. </li></ul>
  8. 10. Benefits to the Environment <ul><li>Maximizing incentives for reuse, reducing, recycling, returning organics to the earth, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost is controlled by each family </li></ul>
  9. 11. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Given the opportunity, ~17% of the households will pay to have organics collected </li></ul><ul><li>Households dispose of 10-12 lbs of organics weekly, up to 17 lbs if allowed to include grass clippings and yard waste. </li></ul><ul><li>A curbside collection of organics could remove 1/3 to ½ of the weight of solid waste remaining even in a PAYT/WRP community! </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate a split-body packer truck for co-collection of recycling and organics. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Key Ingredients for Success <ul><li>Access to a local place to compost organics </li></ul><ul><li>Willing participants in a pilot program to provide proof of concept to town officials </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative relationship with SW hauler. </li></ul>