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HAMILTON’S CURBSIDEORGANICS PROGRAMGretel ClarkRecycle Committee Chair,Hamilton, MA
Town of Hamilton30 miles north ofBoston on Cape AnnTipping Trash $70/ton
Town of HamiltonSemi rural, conservative,New England town(15 square miles)2,400 householdsA little more than 7,000residents
Today, Hamiltonians produce !<.5 tons solid waste; recycling 55% oftotal waste; 10.56% is composted kitchenorganic waste. ...
2006: Status Quo050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
2007: State’s solid waste bansimplemented but not enforced.050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY...
2008: Initial Waste Reduction Program050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste Ton...
2009: First Pilot Organics Program (75families)050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid...
2010: Second Pilot Organics Program(600 families)050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Sol...
2011: Continuation of second pilot050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOr...
2012: New SMART Trash ProgramInstituted050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste T...
Keys to Success•  Find a hauler•  Find a composter•  Design a pilot program•  Keep good records•  Court political leaders•...
Lessons Learned•  People will pay fororganic collection•  Organics are ~ ½of trash weight/hh•  Larvae in hotsummer months•...
Benefits To The Town•  Trash costs can be cut in half•  New bag revenue•  Longer term plans: to install an anaerobic diges...
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Gretel Clark 2013 masccc

  1. 1. HAMILTON’S CURBSIDEORGANICS PROGRAMGretel ClarkRecycle Committee Chair,Hamilton, MA
  2. 2. Town of Hamilton30 miles north ofBoston on Cape AnnTipping Trash $70/ton
  3. 3. Town of HamiltonSemi rural, conservative,New England town(15 square miles)2,400 householdsA little more than 7,000residents
  4. 4. Today, Hamiltonians produce !<.5 tons solid waste; recycling 55% oftotal waste; 10.56% is composted kitchenorganic waste. !Some Trashy Facts…Average MA householdproduces one ton of solidwaste annually!Hamiltoniansproduced 1.22 tons ofsolid waste annuallybefore 2006!
  5. 5. 2006: Status Quo050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  6. 6. 2007: State’s solid waste bansimplemented but not enforced.050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  7. 7. 2008: Initial Waste Reduction Program050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  8. 8. 2009: First Pilot Organics Program (75families)050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  9. 9. 2010: Second Pilot Organics Program(600 families)050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  10. 10. 2011: Continuation of second pilot050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  11. 11. 2012: New SMART Trash ProgramInstituted050010001500200025003000350040004500CYO6 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12Solid Waste TonsOrganicsRecycling Tons
  12. 12. Keys to Success•  Find a hauler•  Find a composter•  Design a pilot program•  Keep good records•  Court political leaders•  Institute a PAYT program•  Gather a crew of dedicated enthusiastic unconquerableorganizers•  Establish a Trash Hot Line•  Put together a strong education program•  Implement bi-weekly solid waste collection program•  Offer free compost to participants
  13. 13. Lessons Learned•  People will pay fororganic collection•  Organics are ~ ½of trash weight/hh•  Larvae in hotsummer months•  Freezing in coldwinter months•  Animal control•  Overcoming the“ick” factor
  14. 14. Benefits To The Town•  Trash costs can be cut in half•  New bag revenue•  Longer term plans: to install an anaerobic digester on thelandfill site

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