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Composting Comes to the North End & East Boston Through Pilot Program

Starting September 22, 2014 through November 30th, the City of Boston is piloting an expanded Community Compost Program in the North End and East Boston.

Project Oscar consists of key-pad locked containers where residents can drop off food scraps. The initial pilot will be limited to 200 Boston residents living near the containers. They will be asked to go through a brief online training and provide intermittent feedback throughout the pilot. Participants will be given a code that allows them to unlock the bins and drop-off their food scraps at their convenience.

In the North End, program participants can drop off food scraps at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street. In East Boston, the container is located in Maverick Square.

If you live in North End or East Boston and are interested in participating in Project Oscar please email or call the Environment Department at 617-635-3850. This pilot will run from September 22 to November 30.

“As we explore various means of getting food out of our waste stream, lack of storage is often a major impediment in Boston’s denser neighborhoods,” said Public Works Commissioner, Michael Dennehy.” Project Oscar is a new model that may help Boston and other dense cities collect food scraps in Neighborhoods, where it might not be possible through traditional collection methods.”

The food scraps collected from Project Oscar will be taken by Public Works to Rocky Hill Farm. The community compost program was a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Works, Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston and New Urban Mechanics, and is supported by City Soil, BioBag, and IDEO. It builds on the City’s continued efforts to increase composting throughout Boston.

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