Composting is a form of recycling that specifically deals with organic waste. It involves the natural decomposition of items like food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil. This process not only reduces landfill waste but also creates valuable compost for soil enrichment, making it a sustainable practice within the broader recycling framework.
Join us in making a positive impact on our environment by signing the Compost Pledge today and commit to reducing waste, enriching our soil, and creating a greener community. Together, we can turn food scraps into energy and fertile soil, one compost bin at a time. #LoveManchesterLiveGreen. Compost Pledge sign up coming soon!
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency have great information on composting at home. Follow the links below to learn more about the benefits of composting at home, how to begin, required materials, and maintenance.
CT DEEP Turning Your Spoils to Soil
US EPA Composting at Home
Every Spring, the Town of Manchester organizes a compost bin and rain barrel sale. Visit www.manchester.compostersale.com for more information.
Composting not only enriches the soil, but it also reduces soil erosion, helps retain moisture for less water use, suppresses disease and pests, reduces greenhouse emissions, and minimizes landfill waste which helps save the environment. If you're interested in taking action to reduce waste and help the environment, sign the Town of Manchester compost pledge!
The journey from food scraps to energy and nutrient-rich soil through composting begins with the collection of kitchen waste. These scraps are transported to a composting facility where they undergo a carefully managed decomposition process. This process generates biogas, primarily methane and carbon dioxide, which is captured and used as a renewable energy source. Simultaneously, the composting process creates nutrient-rich compost, a valuable soil conditioner that enhances soil structure, water retention, and nutrient content, promoting healthier plant growth and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
As we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and promote a greener, more sustainable future in Manchester, we're proud to present the Food Waste Drop-Off Pilot Program. Here's how it works:
Sign Up and Get Started: Interested town residents will have the opportunity to sign up for the program, taking a proactive step towards reducing food waste and its impact on the environment. Registration information coming soon!
Collection Pail Distribution: Upon registration, participants will have the option to receive a dedicated collection pail. Residents can use this pail to collect and transport food waste, making it easier than ever to do your part. Most spoiled/leftover food will be accepted, with more specific details to come once the program begins.
Drop-Off Locations: We'll set up four strategically located drop-off points throughout the town to maximize accessibility. You'll be able to find our enclosures at Whiton Library, the Senior Center, Mt. Nebo Park, and the Transfer Station.
Sustainable Transformation: Your food waste will not go to waste. All collected organic materials will be transported to a facility where they'll undergo the composting process. The exciting part? The gas produced during composting will be captured and converted into energy.
Convenient and Secure Access: Each drop-off location will be equipped with enclosures for the food waste. Access to these units is as simple as a tap on your smartphone. Just download the app, and you'll be able to unlock the enclosures effortlessly. If you're not keen on using the app, you can always visit the Transfer Station to personally deliver your food waste.
The Town of Manchester is preparing to launch a Community Garden Compost Initiative where residents can drop their food waste off at the Spruce Street Community Garden from March through October. More details on accepted types of food waste coming soon.
Residents also have the option to sign up for Blue Earth's Residential Food Waste Pick-Up Program: turning kitchen scraps into compost. Pay for food waste pick-up and receive nutrient-rich compost delivery in return. Blue Earth's Residential Food Waste Pick-Up Program is not affiliated with the Town of Manchester.
Click here to go to the Blue Earth Compost webpage to learn more about the program.