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No. Now that the pilot program has been completed, New Castle residents can drop off food scraps as long as they are in compostable liners. Food scraps must also be transported safely so the bag does not break and contaminate the collection area. The kits are recommended.
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The program enables organic matter to be returned to the soil instead of being burned in an incinerator and adding to air pollution and/or decomposing as methane, the worst greenhouse gas. Farmers using compost need less chemical fertilizers.
To a commercial composting facility in upstate NY.
Not by a long shot. The CO2 emitted is nothing compared to the savings of methane gas emissions.
At the New Castle Recycling Center Tuesday-Saturday 7am-2:30pm.
Liners are available at the Recycling Center. They cost $2 for the kitchen container and $6 for the transportation container.
Many people keep the kitchen container under their counter. However, it’s not bad looking and can live on top of the counter too. Keep the Transportation container in the garage.
If you leave it too long, yes. The kitchen container has holes in the top so air circulates. The transportation container has a solid locking lid. Most people bring their scraps in once a week with no problems.
The Recycling Center is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 7am-2:30pm.
The Food Scrap Recovery Program supplements home composting by accepting items (like meat, fish, cheese, etc.) that can’t be composted outside as they will attract unwanted pests. The Food Scrap Recovery Program can safely handle ALL food scraps.