Small changes can make a big difference for our environment

Middlefield and Durham developed a local solution to the climate crisis: Compost your table scraps.

The steps are simple:

Take your kitchen scraps, walk to the countertop pail, deposit scraps in compostable bag, store full compostable bags in six-gallon bin, drive to the recycling bins at the Durham-Middlefield Transfer Station on Mondays or Saturdays.

These are small steps for residential homeowners, but giant steps for reducing trash.

The compost bins at the Transfer Station are serviced by Blue Earth Compost Company and transported to an anaerobic digester facility in Southington. The compostable bags are comprised of a thin material – much thinner than grocery store bags. These small, two gallon bags are fully biodegradable, built by BioBagAmericas from raw material, and developed for durability and strength.

One can appreciate that the bags are an alternative to landfills and trash to energy plants. The Hartford trash to energy plant to which Middlefield and Durham have sent trash in the past is nearing the end of its useful life.

Hauling garbage further afield will be more expensive in terms of time, taxes, transportation, and location.

It is time for local citizens to adopt a compost program for our benefit.

To make this possible, three community organizations saw the need for trash reduction – The Coginchaug Area Transition group, the DMIABB Transfer Station, and the Coginchaug Valley Educational Foundation. These groups have made available composting kits, which include a countertop kitchen collection basket, compostable bags, and a five-gallon garbage collection bin.

Residents can purchase a kit from the Middlefield Land Use/Building Office or from the office of the First Selectwoman in Durham.

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