CANTON – The village’s food scrap recycling program will continue, Deputy Mayor Carol S. Pinchon during the last meeting of the village council.
The trash can that is the program’s consumer frontage has been shattered into its shelter in a recent gust of wind.
Later this summer, Village Department of Public Works Director Timothy J. Bacon said his crew would pour a concrete pad so the shelter is more firmly on the ground.
“Although the collection was reasonably successful, the transportation and composting procedures ran into some hurdles,” said Ms. Pinchon, who is also a member of the sustainability committee. “It was a bit of leadership and an extra layer of work for our employees at DPW to move the waste. So we reached out to someone closer to the delivery site to receive the materials needed for composting. We knew it was helpful for people to have the experience and knowledge about the process to ensure a rich and useful end product” .
Earlier this spring, DPW crew in the village began transporting collected leftovers to LittleGrasse Foodworks, a community farm on Miner Street.
“LittleGrasse is the ideal partner to work with the village to divert food scraps and other organic materials from landfills,” said farm owner Robert J. Washoe, who is also a member of Canton City Council, in a prepared statement. “In addition to our dedication to waste reduction and soil health, the farm is conveniently located just a mile from the village. We have over 30 years of experience in composting and have led workshops on residential and commercial composting. It is exciting to be a partner in this project and we We are ready to play an active role in the development and improvement of the program.”
The food waste project began in 2019. It was developed by volunteers at the Canton Sustainability Committee to encourage residents to keep food scraps out of the waste stream and help create fertile compost for future use.
Leftovers collected at the landing site on Lincoln Street, between Canton Pavilion and DPW garage, were initially moved to the municipality site on Route 11 to be mixed with tree leaves and yard waste and composted.
The move to LittleGrasse is an important step for the pilot community project.
“Canton is a climate-smart community, which is part of the New York Communities Network working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate resilience,” Sustainability Committee Chair Anne Heidenreich said in a prepared statement. “Introducing home compost is a great way to reduce the organic kitchen waste you send into the waste stream and reduce disposal costs, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from food decomposing in landfill. The community farm benefits from a beneficial product that adds nutrients and improves soil quality for their crops.”
The Sustainability Committee meets in the Board Room of Canton Town Hall, 60 Main Street, at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open and everyone is welcome.
Here is how the compost center works:
n Residents drop home leftovers at the drop-off site on Outer Lincoln Avenue.
n Acceptable items include fruit and vegetable scraps, non-greasy food scraps (rice, pasta, bread, cereal, etc.), coffee and filter residues, tea bags, eggshell and nuts, pits, cut or dried flowers, houseplants, potting soil, and soiled brown paper products. .
n No meat, chicken, fish, greasy leftovers, fat, oil, dairy, animal droppings, droppings or bedding, charcoal, charcoal, coconut, diseased houseplants/soils and and/or infested with insects, biodegradable/biodegradable plastics, or receipts.
n Absolutely not plastic or styrofoam.
n After placing the food waste, add a spoonful of sawdust, which is placed in a tray next to the waste bowl.
n Take any plastic containers or other trash with you to dispose of at home.