Food Waste

Food Waste Collection Pilot

Starting on May 11, 2017 and running through September 7, 2017, the Town of Scarborough will be conducting a pilot program to collect food waste curbside in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. Residents of the Pleasant Hill neighborhood will receive a 35-gallon cart for food waste and are expected to set these carts on the curb weekly during the regular collection day and time. The food waste may be kept loose or in clear plastic bags within these carts.

Where is this happening in Scarborough?

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What happens to the compost that is being made from the organics collected?

For this pilot, Pine Tree Waste will collect the food waste weekly and deliver it to ecomaine [] for processing. ecomaine will then send the food waste to Agri-Cycle Energy [in Exeter, ME where anaerobic digesters will convert it into electricity, fertilizer, and animal bedding.

Why is this happening in Scarborough?

Diverting food waste from the municipal solid waste stream
 is one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal because on average, 30% of household waste consists of food scraps. Rather than going down the disposal or being sent to a landfill, in this pilot, food waste will be sent to an anaerobic digester to produce sustainable electricity.

This pilot as an opportunity to introduce a more sustainable way of managing our waste and will allow Town staff to gather data on participation, waste diversion, and cost effectiveness. These data will help evaluate the viability of adding this collection to the Town’s overall waste management program.

What if I live outside of the Pleasant Hill neighborhood?

Scarborough has three food waste drop off locations: Walmart, Maine Veteran’s Home and Pine Tree Waste.

Additionally, Camp Ketcha [] takes food waste to add to the compost pile on their property. Please contact Rosemary Baker, Equestrian Program Director, at 207-883-8977 ext 110 for more information about drop off times and compost purchase.

Backyard Composting Bins

Finally, the Town of Scarborough has bins available for backyard composting. Please call 207-730-4400 for more information.