Food Waste Drop-Off, Pilot Program

The Town of Wellesley’s 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Working Group is conducting a series of initiatives to rescue surplus food and to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills.  The 3R Working Group includes the Department of Public Works, the Natural Resources Commission and the Sustainable Energy Committee.

We invite you to participate in a three month pilot program to assess the viability of a food waste drop-off program at the RDF. After signing up, you will be given a free starter kit (paid for by DEP grants) including a counter top bucket, compostable bag liners, and a container for transporting your food waste to the RDF. You will also be provided with a brief tutorial on how to use the starter kit and what items to include or not include. During the pilot program you will drop your filled bags into a container located in the trash drop-off area.  From there, the food waste will go to a farm or an anaerobic digester to turn into compost or biogas.  As a pilot program participant we will also ask you to complete follow up surveys to see how things are working and to get any recommendations you may have.   

The Starter Kits will be available for pickup and the area will be open for drop-off starting Tuesday, October 10th.  A limited number of starter kits are available and they will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

To enroll in the pilot and obtain a starter kit, complete this sign up formand click the ‘Submit’ button.  

For a list of acceptable items and frequently asked questions, click here for the program flyer. If you have additional questions, please call the RDF at 781 235 7600 x3345.