Brattleboro curbside compost collection is set to begin

BRATTLEBORO — More than 700 households have signed up for Brattleboro's upcoming curbside compost program.

Distribution of curbside carts and kitchen containers will be held at the Nelson E. Withington Ice Rink at Memorial Park on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is still time to sign up and claim your containers. The program is open to those who already have their trash and recycling picked up by the town. Those living in buildings with five or more units cannot participate, but are encouraged to speak with their landlord about other recycling and composting options.

Curbside carts are available in 13 gallons for $7, suitable for households of up to four members; and 21 gallons for $10, which will work well for households of five or more. Each has wheels and a lockable lid.

A limited supply of 32-gallon carts ($15) is available for two or more households of more than seven members total interested in sharing a cart.

Participants are not required to purchase town-provided containers, and may use their own. Curbside containers must be rigid and have a tight-fitting lid that's easy for the driver to open or remove. Stickers will be available for 50 cents apiece to identify owner-provided curbside compost containers.

Kitchen containers available

Kitchen containers will also be available for $3. The container offered is a “Max Air” made by BioBag USA, and is designed to be used - and indeed must be used - with a compostable bag (BPI or ASTM D6400 certified). Each container includes a starter roll of 25 bags.

Informational pamphlets and fliers will be available. Please pay by cash, or checks made out to Town of Brattleboro. Credit and debit cards won't be accepted.

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