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Solid Waste Corp. partners with ScrapDogs

Feb 12, 2020

Thomaston — The directors of the Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston (OHSTT) Solid Waste Corporation voted December 2019, to enter into an agreement with ScrapDogs Community Compost to provide residents of the towns in their coverage zones an opportunity to recycle food scraps at the cooperative transfer station on Buttermilk Drive in Thomaston.

Beginning in February, residents who have a valid transfer station sticker properly affixed to their vehicle will be able to dispose of their household kitchen scraps and associated waste items into special bins provided by ScrapDogs at no cost to the corporation.

Those materials will then be transported off site to be turned into compost.

Residents of the three towns will choose from a variety of plans that fit their household needs for disposal, including one that will provide compost for their personal gardens.

One of the benefits of the program is reduced costs to both the corporation and taxpayers of the three towns related to kitchen scraps that may not already get composted at home.

By removing those food scraps from the municipal waste stream, which can contain as much as 90% or more moisture content, the volume and weight in the mixed solid waste containers will be reduced, thereby decreasing tipping fees.

The corporation’s directors worked closely with ScrapDogs founders Davis Saltonstall and Tessa Rosenberry for the better part of a year to develop the program, which will be in effect for a twelve-month period to gauge its success.

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