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July 7, 2014

Compost program signs up 600 households


Other items that can be composted include seafood shells, coffee grounds and filters, gum, cooking oil, houseplants, human and animal hair, chopsticks, wine corks, wax paper, popsicle sticks and even fireplace ashes.

Rose said the program has run into only two problems so far, the first being that a handful of bins apparently have been stolen. They are bright green and orange and feature lockable lids and wheels.

“They’re cute,” said Rose. “They probably use them for storage.”

The other problem is that bags of dog waste have been in bins, likely from people dropping the bags into the bins while they are at the curb.

“Dog and cat waste are not compostable or recyclable,” Rose said.

Next April, people who have participated in the program for a year will be able to get some free finished compost, though how much remains to be seen. The program expires in 2016, after which it will be up to the mayor and City Council to decide whether it should become a permanent offering, Rose said.

People who are interested in the program can contact Rose at or 978-619-5679.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at or reach via Twitter at @NeilDempseySN.

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