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Hamilton, Ma Curbside Composting Program - Clark Hamilton, Ma Curbside Composting Program - Clark Presentation Transcript

  • Gretel Clark, Recycling Committee and Volunteer Program Manager
    • Outgrowth of Hamilton’s “Waste Reduction Program”
    • A volunteer citizen-led project
    • Compost facility in town
    • DEP support
    • Citizen support (neighborhood captains)
    • Recycle Committee (volunteers) met with Composter and Hauler
    • Outlined strategy for pilot program
    • Implemented pilot 
    • Collected data and participant feedback
    • Decided to expand program
    • Would you participate in a program like the pilot with weekly pick-up of your organic waste, plus pick-up of yard waste, grass clippings, and leaves and access to free compost from Brick Ends Farm, if you had to pay an annual fee of:
    • $120 a year (250 families participating)
    • $75 a year (500 families participating)
    • $50 a year (1,000 families participating)
    • Any of the above
    • I would not participate if there were a charge.
    • Other (please specify)
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    • State funds not available in time
    • Towns' financial problems meant savings from WRP not available
    • Adding another town to the scope of project
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    • Everything!
    • News media
    • Door to door pamphleting, 
    • Public collection of participants' signatures and personal data
    • Appeared before Boards of Selectmen multiple times
    • Spoke before citizen organizations
    • Used support of LWV and HWGreen
    • Recruited Neighborhood Captains
    • Used the Hamilton Trash Hot Line
    • Distributed "Dear Neighbor" letters through Neighborhood Captains
    • "Pinned" participant locations on map of each town
    • Semi rural town with many "composters”
    • Necessity for high level of determination
    • Working with and around the Boards of Selectmen (and women)
    • Excitement factor
    • Hopes for the Future….
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