Amy DonovanProgram DirectorFranklin County Solid Waste Management District2012 Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) Conference
• Regional management of municipal solid waste• Member municipalities pay assessments• Fee for serviceServices:• Bundle waste hauling bids• Educational services• Regional grants, special projects• Hazardous/ special waste collectionsMass DEP Sustainable Materials Recycling Program Grant:Pilot Programs and Regional InitiativesFormation of Regional Solid Waste/Recycling District• “…significant potential for more regional cooperation in certain areas.”• $10,000 - $50,000 in funding for a 1-year project or $10,000 -$100,000 for a 2-year project.
Hilltown Resource Management CooperativeSouthern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District
Bernardston Buckland Charlemont Colrain Conway Deerfield Erving Gill Hawley Heath Leverett Leyden Montague New Salem (CC since 2009) Northfield (CC since 2008) Orange (CC since 2011) Rowe Shelburne Sunderland Warwick Wendell Whately (CC since 2003)22 member towns: 500 square miles, 30 public schools,17 transfer stations, 4 municipal compost programs
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day Biannual Bulky Waste Day (+ e-waste) Sharps Disposal Program Special Event Recycling Materials Loan Program What Do I Do With…? 350 items listed www.franklincountywastedistrict.org MassRecycle’s Recycler of the Year: FC Solid Waste District, Municipal Program, 1996 Jan Ameen, Executive Director, 2005 Amy Donovan, Program Director, 2011 www.massrecycle.org
MRF currently pays 74 western Mass municipalities$15.67/ton + revenue, now about $45/ton Solid Waste District on MRF Advisory Board (MAB) MAB = annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide www.springfieldmrf.org
“Commercial Composting”=“Organics Recycling”=“On-Farm”=“Food Waste”…goes way beyond the backyard bin!
Generally accepts: All food including items not composted at home: Meat, chicken, fish, bones, dairy, fats, oils All paper including non recyclable: Paper cups, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, waxedcardboard, soiled paper, soiled pizza boxes Wood: skewers, chopsticks, coffee stirrers, sporks “Compostable plastic:” PLA cups, certain bags NO plastic, metal, glass, foil, etc.!
Save money on tipping fees: MSW (trash): $75/ ton Compostables: $45/ ton Reduce trash p/u or dumpster size = reducedtrash disposal /hauling costs Supports infrastructure for organics recycling:local composting facilities, farms, anaerobicdigestion Saves space in landfills Creates valuable soil amendment from waste Mitigates climate change!
Climate Change is caused by greenhouse gases inour atmosphere.Greenhouse Gases:Carbon DioxideMethaneNitrous Oxide(School slides)
• Biodegradables decaying in anaerobic landfills release methane.• Methane is a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbondioxide.• Landfill Gas Recovery not always a solution.• For every ton of food waste composted, nearly a ton of greenhousegas emissions is avoided (MassDEP).Methane pipe at a landfill
More info:Why doesn’t composting release methane? Because oxygen is part ofthe composting process (aerobic). There is no oxygen in a landfill.Windrow turnerat Martin’s Farm,Greenfield, MA
Martin’s Farm accepts 10 tons/organics day from schools:Pioneer HS,Turners Falls HSMohawk HS,Northfield ES,Deerfield ES,Erving ES,Sunderland ES,Amherst, more..transferstations:Northfield,Vernon VT,markets:Big Y stores,Stop & Shop,Co-Op Markets,plusrestaurants…
San Francisco, Seattle, Ontario, Halifax NSMassachusetts: Only 1 municipal curbside program: Hamilton/ Wenham (About 8 municipal drop off programs) Mass DEP SMRP grant opportunitiesSan Francisco’scompost, trash, recycle bins
Gill Elementary: all food, milkcartons, paper in greencompostable bagBag= “Comp-lete” fromFortune Plastics• 15 of 30 FCSWMD schools• Up to 89% of school lunch canbe composted• + kitchen, classroom waste2 yard compost dumpster:
Plan for plenty of space for different types of dumpsters Loading docks: adequate electrical for compactors Pictured: One 8 yard trash dumpster and two 8 yardorganics dumpsters at Pioneer Valley Regional School,Northfield, which has a 70% diversion rate.
Free resources: MA DEP Green Team: free recycling/ compostingequipment, activities, contests www.thegreenteam.org ACE Climate Assembly: www.acespace.orgMass DEP SMRP Grants: School districts School organics
5 eateries, 1 shared compost dumpster Cost is prorated according to volume SFABA and FCSWMD manage program Shredded paper: Mirick Insurance, Trailside Health (free) Bridge of Flowers: garden waste (free)
EPA and MassDEP: less than 5% food waste iscurrently diverted from disposal. MA could increase diversion by 1 million tons. MassDEP Solid Waste Master Plan: 2014: Waste Ban on Commercial Food Waste Need more infrastructure for implementation MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery ProgramGrant: New regional Anaerobic Digester and/or Food WasteComposting Projects $500,000
www.recyclingworksma.com FREE – assists businesses and institutions tomaximize recycling, reuse, and compostingopportunities. “Find-A-Recycler” databasePedal People,Northampton’sbike poweredwaste haulers
Western MA: Triple T Trucking: dumpsters $70/ 2 yd., $130/ 4 yd., p/u weekly Alternative Recycling: toters Allied Waste: dumpstersEastern MA: Save That Stuff, Cambridge/ Boston EL Harvey, Central/ Eastern MA Black Earth Hauler, North ShoreCompost Facilities: www.findacomposter.com Sumner Martinson, MassDEP Your DEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator (MAC)