Cleaner Compost: too much plastic at the Yarmouth Compost Facility

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This compost windrow at the facility is a strong visual to demonstrate the issue of plastics arriving from green carts.

The Yarmouth Compost Facility is receiving too much plastic. The compost facility is solely operated by the Town of Yarmouth, which has an operating permit to receive organic materials. This permit comes with strict conditions pertaining to the certification of finished compost before it can leave the facility. Plastics and other non-organic contaminants make it difficult to get compost certified. Resulting costs include expanding holding pads, administrative and consulting costs to amend operating certificates to restore compliance, equipment, and labour-hours to remove plastics. And ultimately, the facility is left with excessive amounts of compost containing bits of plastic which decreases

The Yarmouth Compost Facility is receiving too much plastic. The compost facility is solely operated by the Town of Yarmouth, which has an operating permit to receive organic materials. This permit comes with strict conditions pertaining to the certification of finished compost before it can leave the facility. Plastics and other non-organic contaminants make it difficult to get compost certified. Resulting costs include expanding holding pads, administrative and consulting costs to amend operating certificates to restore compliance, equipment, and labour-hours to remove plastics. And ultimately, the facility is left with excessive amounts of compost containing bits of plastic which decreases its value.

The Town of Yarmouth is working closely with Waste Check and its municipal partners to reduce and ultimately eliminate plastics arriving at the compost facility. In order to achieve this goal, we need help from YOU. This effort to put plastic in its place and develop clean compost depends on residents and businesses to do their part and sort waste and organics properly. Please refrain from placing plastic of ANY kind in your green cart and please help us spread the word on this very important topic.

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"Compostable" and "Biodegradable" bags are NOT accepted

If it looks like plastic, it IS plastic. Bio-degradable, compostable, and oxo-degradable plastics are NOT accepted in the green cart program. They cause all the same problems at our compost facility that regular plastic does. Try using cereal boxes, pizza boxes, paper bags (McDonalds, NSLC, flour/sugar bags etc.), or newspaper in your kitchen to help keep everything clean. If you choose to line your mini bin with any type of plastic bag, it must be emptied into the green cart and the dirty plastic placed in the garbage.

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    The answer may seem obvious. If we all simply make the effort to keep plastic out of our small green bins and green carts, problem solved! However, we'd like to hear from you. What ideas do you have that might help to eliminate plastic making its way into green carts? Add your idea below.

    The answer may seem obvious. If we all simply make the effort to keep plastic out of our small green bins and green carts, problem solved! However, we'd like to hear from you. What ideas do you have that might help to eliminate plastic making its way into green carts? Add your idea below.

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