Household organics (food scraps, meat, bones, etc.) are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesdays. To participate in this program, residents pay $100 per year for weekly service or $70 for every-other-week pickup. Organics collected are composted at a commercial facility in Ipswich instead of being incinerated with the trash.
The Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works Office and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, started this curbside food waste collection pilot in Fall 2011.