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Boston to collect food scrap drop-offs to convert into compost

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 1, 2013 12:18 PM

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Three farmers’ markets in Boston will start collecting food scraps this month and convert them into compost as part of a pilot program, city officials announced.

From August through October, food scraps can be dropped off at a variety of locations and times, including: Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bowdoin-Geneva farmers’ market at 230 Bowdoin St. in Dorchester; Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Harvard-Allston farmers’ market at 168 Western Ave. in Allston; or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Egleston Square farmers’ market at 45 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain, the announcement said.

Items that will be accepted include: fruit and vegetable scraps; non-greasy food scraps, including rice, pasta, bread, and cereal; coffee grounds and filters; tea bags; egg and nut shells; pits; cut or dried flowers; houseplants; and potting soil, officials said.

Items that will not be accepted include: meat; chicken; fish; greasy food scraps; fat; oil; dairy; animal waste; litter or bedding; coal or charcoal; coconuts; and infested plants or soil.

The “Residential Compost Pilot” is sponsored by the city’s Greenovate Boston initiative and the city’s Office of Food Initiatives, officials said.

For more information, visit www.greenovateboston.org or e-mail food@cityofboston.gov.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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