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Composting at HSPH

rocky hill imageWhat happens to the waste after HSPH?

Since the inception of the composting program here at HSPH, we’ve composted nearly 105 tons of biodegradable waste that would have otherwise been thrown in the trash!  During the switch to this ‘greener’ method of waste disposal, one factor that played into the decision was where the end-product would be taken.  This was important aspect for us to look at, and ensure that the complete cycle would further reduce our environmental impact even after it leaves the HSPH campus.

HSPH trash travels to Somerville, where any missed recyclables get sorted out and handled properly.  The remaining waste gets landfilled, where humidity levels in this area have proven to encourage quick degradation.

Compostable waste is transported to a much closer facility, only 15 miles north to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus.  Established in the 1920s, the farm raises and sells pigs, mulch, and loam, and is a licensed large scale composting site.

Recyclable waste goes four miles away to Charlestown, for processing and distribution to local businesses.

If you have more questions about the composting program, download the FAQ’s here.

About the Composting Program

How does this program change how I dispose of waste? Compost:  all food waste, Sebastians napkins, and Sebastian’s disposable-ware (plates, cups, straws, etc) that are made from compostable,…
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What CAN.. and what CAN’T be composted?

What can be composted? all food waste (including meat, dairy, grains, fruit, vegetables) tea bags and coffee grinds  Sebastian’s napkins all cutlery from Sebastian’s  all plates…
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How does composting work?

Certified compostable bioplastics completely degrade within 180 days. They do not create any toxic byproducts as they compost. Industrial composting facilities carefully regulate temperature and humidity…
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How are compostable containers made?

The new compostable take-away materials are made with polylactic acid (PLA).  PLA products are made from dextrose, a sugar extracted from corn. No. 2 yellow dent corn is the cheapest, most abundant…
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Composting Signage & Posters

Below are examples of the signs that are in the trash-recycling-composting areas; click on posters to get full size pdfs to print and hang on your floor.     Other Posters Click on posters…
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