Join our challenge to divert island food waste thanks to a grant from 11th Hour Racing!

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How it Works

 

Our Food-Scraps-to-Compost program has diverted thousands of gallons of food waste from the state landfill since 2012. We have used the food scraps collected to build compost at Island Community Farm and enrich the soil of our community gardens. Six years later and our program continues to grow. In order to keep up with the increased volume, we have contracted with our friends at The Compost Plant and Rhodeside Revival to take food scraps to Buxton Hollow Farm and Earth Care Farm to be composted.

Members of the Food-Scraps-to-Compost program are provided a five-gallon bucket with a twist-on lid to collect scraps at home. Buckets of food scraps are dropped off at our Middletown and Newport farmers markets where the scraps are emptied into a larger bin that is picked up by The Compost Plant and Rhodeside Revival to be re-purposed and turned into nutrient-rich compost.

With every new program member, the Food-Scraps-to-Compost program becomes more cost-effective and the island moves towards a more sustainable future. This year we have had the opportunity to take a hard look at the costs of running the program. We have found that the true cost of the drop-off service is $110 per year per member; however, we are currently offering the subsidized rate of $70 through grant funding. Thanks to the grant from 11th Hour Racing we are now working with Clean Ocean Access, The Compost Plant and Rhodeside Revival on an island-wide initiative called Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas Rhode Island (HSHSRI).

HSHSRI provides opportunities to residents and businesses to divert their food waste from the landfill and instead build compost.

Learn more about the Healthy Soils, Healthy Seas Rhode Island program and how you can get involved in building a more sustainable future!

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What can be composted?

Vegetable Scraps
Fruit Scraps
Egg Shells
Coffee Grounds and Filters
Tea Bags
Cheese
Meat
Bread

Please remember to take the PLU stickers off fruits and vegetables before tossing them in your bucket. Biodegradable bags and kitchenware should not be included in with your food scraps.