The Williamstown Composts Pilot was a success and has now expanded to include all residences and businesses!
The goal is to divert food related garbage from landfills, where it accounts for as much as 24% of waste in the United States. More harmful still, decomposing organic material in the anaerobic environment of landfills releases methane, a greenhouse gas whose warming effect is as much as eighty-six times that of carbon dioxide over twenty years. Overall, the US has greater landfill emissions than any other country, the equivalent of thirty-seven million cars on the road each year.
Composting the organics instead, in an oxygen-rich environment, turns them into something really valuable: compost and topsoil.
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Use the above buttons or tabs to learn about how to participate as a household or a business.
K-12 Schools can join the Massachusetts Green Team program, click on the above tab for more information.
You can also contact Ann McCallum via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 458-2121, indicating your interest.
Questions? You can ask them via the Contact Us page, or reach out to Ann.
The composting project is spearheaded by Williamstown, MA residents Ann McCallum and Nancy Nylen with logistical and financial support from Casella Waste Systems, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, the Town of Williamstown, and the Williamstown COOL Committee, which is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We also gratefully acknowledge support from the Community Climate Fund, which is administered by the Center for EcoTechnology and receives funding from Williams College.
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