To the editor:
The Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee would like to thank publicly all those volunteers and friends who made this year’s Aug. 7 Homecoming Lobster Fest composting event at Lynch Park a record success. In just seven hours, nearly 1,500 pounds (three-quarters of a ton) of compostable material was collected and then hauled to Brick Ends Farm in South Hamilton. Brick Ends creates a high-quality organic compost, which it offers to farmers and garden centers all over New England.
This fine effort would not have been possible without the help of a dedicated group of 18 volunteers, who assisted Lobster Fest attendees in sorting their waste into three categories: compostables, recyclable containers, and trash. Only four bags of trash were collected, which is a good step toward our noble “Zero Waste” objective for next year, as we search for compostable alternatives to plastic items such as utensils, lobster bibs, table cloths and Styrofoam chowder cups.
Committee members who volunteered included Mary Rodrick, Maureen Cronan, Sandy Burgess, Estelle Rand, Lance Daly, and Charlie Perlo. Friends of the committee who also volunteered included Julie DeSilva, Bob Russo, Rose Maglio, Cathy Auld, Rowena Nocom, Ann Santa Cruz, Sean Budomo, Linda Greenwood, Pam Weeks and several volunteers from the River House Shelter. Bruce Doig and the Homecoming and Parks & Recreation staffs were quite helpful, and the assistance of Mike Collins and his team at DPS is always very much appreciated.
Also, Wayne and Roy Ferreira of New England Solid Waste Consultants in Rowley were very generous in again donating and transporting twelve compost collection toters.
Mandatory institutional composting is coming to Massachusetts! The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has announced a “commercial food waste ban, to take effect by July 1, 2014, that would require any entity that disposes of at least one ton of organic waste per week to donate or re-purpose the useable food.
Any remaining food waste would be required to be shipped to an anaerobic digestion facility, a composting operation or an animal-feed operation. Residential food waste is not included in the ban, but many Beverly citizens have been composting their organic waste for years, and are well-prepared for the inevitability of mandated residential composting.
Our annual composting initiative at Lobster Fest gives people a good look at the relative ease of food waste composting and the many waste-reduction measures that can be taken right now by everyone in their own homes.
Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee