Heard the news? Easton has started its very first residential compost program. Composting, a way to recycle nutrients from organic materials back to the soil, cuts food waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Our program is all about Easton: we’re working together for a greener community, additional learning opportunities, activities and events, and partnerships. We can’t wait to see what we achieve together.
The Easton Compost Program is a combined effort of the City of Easton, Greater Easton Development Partnership, and American Biosoils, a local company that breaks down our food waste into rich compost. Funded by a Spark grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the compost program will serve as a pilot program for the city. With a successful and enthusiastic community effort, the compost program could be later expanded to a door-to-door pick up.
We’ve provided 200 Easton Compost Program buckets to the community. Participants who have one of the buckets may fill theirs up with food scraps, examples are listed below, and return them on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM behind the Easton Public Market. Never fear! If you did not receive a bucket, you are more than welcome to participate; bring any container you have at home and we’ll tip it at each Saturday compost collection. Pretty easy! If you are unable to come on Saturdays, we will always have a large wheeled garbage can behind the Public Market for your convenience. You may tip your compost containers in it at any time – the garbage can is labeled “Easton Compost Program” on the lid. The program runs year-round.
We encourage you to attend on Saturdays, as we’ll have activities and information available. Easton’s Compost Program is a community effort, and each of us contributes to our wider goal. Saturdays give us a space to communicate with one another and enhance the program. We welcome your feedback and ideas! In addition, you’ll have a chance to win $100 in Easton Farmers’ Market tokens if you bring the greatest amount of food scraps by the end of the season. Bring your bucket, sign in, and we’ll weigh it for the “Weigh Our Waste” contest. The second and third place will receive $50 and $25 in market tokens, respectively.
*Disclaimer: composting food scraps is a fantastic way to divert waste and transform it into beneficial soil amendment. However, the first step is to limit waste altogether. For example, before you compost those brown bananas, consider making banana bread. While we’re weighing, remember that ‘reduce’ and ‘reuse’ always come before ‘recycling’, whether it’s for paper, plastics, glass, or in our case – food scraps. On that note, let’s get composting!
“What can I compost in the program?”
- Fruit and vegetable peels, stems
- Leftover meals
- Cheese and other dairy items
- Crumbs, leftover sauces and spices
- Flowers and leaves from houseplants
- Toothpicks and bamboo skewers
- Rice and pasta
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Egg shells
- Seeds in fruit and vegetables, such as apple seeds and cores
- Rabbit, horse, gerbil bedding
- Jack-o-lanterns, holiday wreathes, pine cones, and cornstalks
“What can’t I compost?”
- Plastic wrapping or pieces on produce, staples
- Cat and dog waste, pet feathers
- Grass clippings
- Shredded newspaper
- Paper towels and napkins
- Cardboard egg cartons and other paper-like products
- Paper cups, plates, or cardboard covered in wax or grease
- Used facial tissues, cotton balls, dryer lint, wool
- Sticky notes and shredded paper
- Dust from sweeping the floor, ashes from a campfire, sawdust
- Noxious weeds (Japanese knotweed, etc.)
- Human hair, pet fur
- The Easton Compost Program buckets have a sealed top to keep smells and pests out, but if you want to keep dairy/meat scent out from other containers, keep those scraps in a container in your fridge or freezer until it’s time to dump them on Saturdays
- Yes, your compost buckets will get dirty! We will help wipe your buckets with a paper towel on Saturdays, and that should be enough to prepare for next week’s food scraps
- If you keep your compost bucket outside of the house, you can keep a smaller container or bowl in your kitchen. This way you can fill it while you cook, and won’t forget to save your scraps after your meal
For more information contact Easton Compost Program Coordinator Miranda Wilchak at: firstname.lastname@example.org