Why is Ipswich promoting this organics program?

Organics comprise to 40% of household waste! Organics collection is one of the major strategies to further reduce our waste and our trash costs. It also reduces our environmental impact and turns the organics into valuable finished compost. This private-pay collection pilot also provides us with useful information to enhance our other diversion efforts (recycling and leaf composting). We track how much food waste and other organics are diverted from the trash, and we hope to build support for townwide collection.

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1. What is the Curbside Collection Program?
2. What is the cost?
3. Who can participate? Is it too late to join?
4. What are organics?
5. What is accepted?
6. What is not accepted?
7. Why is Ipswich promoting this organics program?
8. What is my fee paying for?
9. When is my payment due? How do I pay?
10. How will the food waste be collected?
11. Can I put my food in plastic bags and then put it in the organics cart?
12. I go away in the winter. Can I get a reduced rate?
13. Where will the organics be composted?
14. How can I minimize odors in my collection cart?
15. Can I compost my biodegradable/compostable plastic foodware?
16. Is there a limit to the accepted food waste that I can put out?
17. Can I put paper yard bags out with the cart for pickup?
18. Why aren’t leaves accepted? They’re organic.
19. Kitty litter?? With or without poop?
20. Why is dog waste not accepted?
21. Can I pay to have just acceptable yard waste picked up?
22. What about shellfish shells?
23. Can I continue my backyard composting?
24. What if I don't want to participate?
25. I use 100% natural biodegradable diapers for our baby. Can I put them in my green cart?
26. How long is the composting process from the time delivered to the finished product?
27. How many tons of organics are processed per week?
28. When and where can I pick up my free compost?
29. How will diverting my food scraps save the town money?