**Quick Reminder: If you'd like access to curbside compost pick up, please pre-register for this service.**
Last summer, Bolton Local ran a survey in order to gauge interest in the potential for commercial composting options for Bolton. Of the 230 responses received:
23% preferred curbside pickup of compost
33% preferred transfer station collection bins for compost
19% were interested in either option
24% were not interested in either service (many of these households were already composting in their backyard*)
The majority of those polled preferred a communal collection bin at the transfer station. To get that program running will take some time and requires town approval.
If households are interested in establishing curbside compost collection service, please contract directly through Black Earth LLC, as one would for any other household service. The cost would be $20.99 for a month-to-month subscription or $114.99 for a 6-month subscription (~$19 / month). If 250 households eventually enroll, the price will drop for everyone. https://blackearthcompost.com/
97 households in Bolton are needed to pre-register before a route can begin; as of December 2021, there were less than 20 Bolton registrations, but given the survey results, Bolton Local feels this number can be achieved. There is NO COMMITMENT to pre registering (no financial information is asked for - just a name, address for service, and contact information); payment would not be due until a route is established and service commences.
To learn more about Black Earth’s collection system or to register curbside compost pick up, visit their website: https://blackearthcompost.com/residential-curbside.../ Upon registration, there is no financial commitment and they do not ask for any billing information.
*It’s important to note that commercial composting significantly increases the type of items that can be safely composted (and thus removed from the household waste stream); instead of just vegetable scraps and yard waste that are able to composted in backyard compost piles, items like compostable bowls and plates, bones, grease and oils, and meat scraps can be safely turned into useable compost via commercial composting. Commercial composting generates a larger, hotter pile, which kills pathogens; these huge piles are turned by large machines and triple screened before being bagged and returned to user’s gardens. See the link above for more information.