Green Tip: Composting

Green Tip: January 2012

Did You Know?

Food waste, including uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences, restaurants, and grocery stores, makes up a large portion (up to 40 percent) of the municipal solid waste stream. As a result, diverting organic wastes from final disposal is an important waste reduction strategy that can help extend the useful life of our region’s landfills.

Green Tip:

If you work in the food industry, see if your company is interested in participating in a region-wide commercial composting program that offers free technical assistance, signage, and training to help set up composting programs at businesses and institutional facilities. For more information, contact the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 413-781-6045.

Meanwhile, at home, consider adding backyard composting to your spring cleaning list this year. Visit the Greenscapes Guide at to learn how to start. If you are not able to compost at home, contact your municipality and ask if your town’s waste drop-off facility collects food waste.

For more information about the Green Tips program and the Valley Vision 2 Regional Land Use Plan, please contact the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 413-781-6045.

This Green Tip is brought to you by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

3 Comments on “Green Tip: Composting

  1. We’ve been composting in the Valley since we moved here 13 years ago (mostly), and our family of four usually only has one trash bag a week, so it’s a great savings since we pay for our trash at our town’s dump. Plus, it saves us again by providing free organic compost for our vegetable garden. If you have trouble with bears, as we do (that’s why we didn’t compost for a while), for the last few years I’ve been mixing a bunch of hot, hot peppers in a food processor (saved over the summer from our farm share) and keep in the freezer and frig to get me through the year. I add a spoonful and stir it in with each batch of 8-10 quart yogurt containers full of food scraps, and since then, no bears. (The first time I did it, the top of the composter was actually knocked over, with bear prints in the edge of the pile, but not touched!)

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