Sustainable Westport Announces Zero Food Waste Challenge and Food Scraps Recycling
First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced that the Town of Westport, in cooperation with Sustainable Westport, is launching the Zero Food Waste Challenge and the opening of the Food Scraps Recycling drop-off area at the Westport Transfer Station, located at 300 Sherwood Island Connector.
The Sustainable Westport Zero Food Waste Challenge has set a goal to decrease Westport residential food waste by at least 25% over the next year. Food waste is one of the heaviest, wettest, and most expensive waste streams for the Town of Westport to process, and nearly one out of every four bags of groceries end up in the trash.
Residents are encouraged to evaluate the food they throw away, and then make important changes in the way they shop, prepare, and even store food. Sustainable Westport reminds residents that food scraps are not trash, and can become a valuable resource when turned into compost. Recycling food scraps into compost captures nutrients and energy and returns them to the environment while reducing the amount of trash in our waste stream.
In addition to home composting, Westporters have two other ways to compost their food scraps.
1) Pay a licensed food waste hauler to have food scraps picked up curbside. Two area licensed food waste haulers are: Action Containers (https://www.actioncontainerservice.com/) and Curbside Compost (https://www.curbcompost.org/); OR
2) Beginning July 6th residents can utilize the new, free, Food Scraps Recycling Drop-Off area at the Westport Transfer Station. This Drop Off area will accept all food scraps, including meat products and bones.
The only supply needed to start composting is a lidded container to collect and transport food scraps to the Transfer Station (300 Sherwood Island Connector). Starter kits are also available at Earthplace (10 Woodside Lane) for $25. These all-in-one kits include a 2-gallon lidded countertop pail, a 6-gallon transportation bin with a lockable lid and a roll of BPI certified compostable bags – Checks and credit cards are accepted. (Discounts for income-eligible are available as funding allows).
Sustainable Westport Chair Peter Boyd said “The world, and Westport, has realized the need to get to ‘Net-Zero’: To be in balance with the planet and be truly sustainable for generations to come. These next few years are crucial as we turn our creation of energy and waste and use of water in the right direction. Getting involved in the 'Zero Food Waste Challenge’ is something we can all do at home to help.”
First Selectman Marpe stated, “I am proud that Westport is one of the first towns in Fairfield County to provide a food waste recycling program for its residents. This program will enable all to play a role in decreasing food waste, which not only helps with solid waste disposal costs (and our taxes), but is good for the environment. I must give credit and thanks to Pippa Bell Ader for leading this initiative in Westport and all she has done to promote sustainability within our community during her many years on Westport’s Green Task Force and Sustainable Westport.”