What are organics?

Organics are materials that break down naturally and can be turned into compost. Composting organics diverts them from incinerators or landfills, which is costly. The town currently pays $74.60 per ton to dispose of its trash, and diverting organics saves the town approximately 184 tons per year.

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