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New Compost Drop-Off Program in Providence

The Urban Greens Co-op Market, in Providence, has introduced a new drop-off program for composting kitchen scraps. Collection bins are placed in front of the store all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Plastic stickers must be removed from produce and staples must be removed from teabags. Dairy can be included, however, no meat and no seafood scraps at this point in time.

Each household is limited to three gallons per week, and Urban Greens can refer people to the best options for larger quantities. The service is free for co-op members and costs $2 per drop off for non-members. A yearly pass is available for $59, which guarantees finished compost in the spring and fall for gardeners.

Compost cards at the cashier help participants track how much they are saving from the landfill. The store sells 5-gallon bins and compostable bags at the store, however, any unbleached paper container full of scraps is acceptable, or compost can be emptied from a re-usable bag. Monthly compost workshops are listed on the website events page.

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