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Notes: Alexandria launches new composting pilot program for city residents

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The city of Alexandria has launched a new pilot that will help make it easier for some city residents to turn food scraps into compost.

The new curbside food waste composting collection pilot will allow residents in up to 2,000 households to place items like fruit, vegetable scraps, meat and bones into a dedicated food waste collection bin.

According to the project website:

Residents will be able to place items such as fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, and bones in a dedicated bin for food waste collection instead of putting food waste in the trash.

The City will subsidize the cost of supplies and collection for the first six months. Pilot participants will be encouraged to provide feedback to the City through a monthly feedback form sent to residents via email. After six months, residents may continue service with the vendor for a monthly or annual subscription fee.

Residents can register for the pilot online and, if they’re picked, they’ll receive the first six months of services along with a start-up kit for free.

According to the site:

Selected participants will separate food waste from trash, just as we already do with our recyclables, and leave the composting bin by the curb on the designated day of the week. The City contracts with Compost Crew to manage the program, who will provide weekly collection services along with addressing issues such as delivery of the containers and missed collections. Each household can request on Compost Crew’s customer portal for a complimentary bag of finished compost if desired, once a year.

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