Residential Food Waste

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The average American wastes 290 pounds of food a year.

About 1/4 of residential trash is made up of food! And residential food waste makes up 40% of all wasted food in the US!! So what can we do?...

1. Reducing Food Waste

2. Composting At Home

2.1 Learn How to Compost

2.2 Discounted Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

3. Food-Waste-to-Compost Programs

3.1. Community Composting Program

3.2. Food Scrap Drop-off Pilot Program

4. Private Food Waste Collection

Reducing Food Waste

Tips for Reducing Food Waste

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Planning your meals and sticking to your shopping list will keep you from buying more than you need!

Meal Prep Mate    Guest-imator

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When you store your food correctly, it last longer!

Store It   FoodKeeper App

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Food that is “past-its-prime” can be made into something new and delicious!

Cook It

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Food can be composted in nutrient-rich soil! Check out the sections below to learn about the many food-to-compost resources available to Manchester residents!

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Composting At Home

Composting

Learn How to Compost

Town Composting Learnshops   Turn Your Spoils into Soil   Composting At Home

Discounted Compost Bins & Rain Barrels

The Town's annual Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale is starting soon! The items ordered through this program can be picked-up at the Transfer Station on Saturday, May 4th between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Flyer

Order Here

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Food-Waste-to-Compost Programs

Composting food scraps

If composting at home isn't your thing, consider registering for one of our Food-Waste-to-Compost Programs! Check out the sections that follow to learn more about our two different programs.

To register, apply for our FREE Recycling Permit. Already have a Recycling Permit? Just call or stop by the Sanitation Office to let us know that you want to participate! Our office is located at 311 Olcott Street and we're open from Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30am to 2:30pm. You can reach us by phone at (860) 647-3200, Option 4.

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When you register, it gives us a better understanding of the magnitude to which we're creating change! It also provides us with your contact information so we can keep you up-to-date on what's happening with our programs. All Manchester residents who register are eligible for a FREE 6-gallon food scrap pail!!

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Community Composting Program

The first community garden that we are teaming with for community composting is the Spruce Street Community Garden! Food scraps contributed to this program will be turned into compost onsite and made available to participants!

Who: All Manchester residents are eligible to participate. Don't forget to register!

Registration Information

What: The type of food scraps accepted through this program are similar to what you can add to a backyard composting operation. More details will be posted soon!

Where: 153 Spruce Street - Participants can drop-off their food scraps at the composting units located behind the gardens.

When: This is a seasonal program that is available from March through October.

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Food Scrap Drop-off Pilot Program

Through the Food Scrap Drop-off Pilot Program, you can bring your food scraps to one of our drop-off stations where it will be collected and transported to a nearby facility for composting- and the biogas created in the process will be captured for energy!

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Who: While all Manchester residents are eligible for drop-off at the Transfer Station, only residents of Manchester who receive trash and recycling collection by the Town are eligible to use the app-access satellite stations. Don't forget to register!

Registration Information

What: Check out the accepted items list, below!

Where: All participants can drop off their food scraps at the Transfer Station (311 Olcott Street) during our normal hours of operation (Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30am to 2:30pm). If your home is served by the Town's trash and recycling curbside collection program, then you are also eligible to use one of our app-access satellite stations. These satellite stations can only be unlocked with the use of an app. Eligible residents who sign-up to use the satellite stations will receive an email containing instructions on how to download and use the app required for unlocking the stations.

App-Access Satellite Stations

  • Transfer Station Entrance, 311 Olcott Street - Located near Olcott Street, on the right
  • Whiton Library, 100 North Main Street - Back parking lot entrance, on sidewalk
  • Senior Center, 549 East Middle Turnpike - Back corner of the parking lot
  • Mount Nebo Park, 155 Spring Street - Spring Street entrance, to the left

Interactive Map of Satellite Stations

When: Manchester residents can drop-off food scraps at the Transfer Station starting Tuesday, January 30th. The satellite drop-off stations will become accessible to eligible residents around early March (more information to come). This pilot program will run to the end of the 2024 calendar year. If the pilot is successful, there is the potential for the program to remain.

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Private Food Waste Collection

Blue Earth is the only known hauler in our region that provides food waste collection services directly to residents. Residents have the option to hire Blue Earth to collect their food scraps and send them to a local facility for composting. As part of Blue Earth's program, residents who pay for this service receive free compost. Blue Earth's Residential Food Waste Pick-Up Program is not affiliated with the Town of Manchester.

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