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Public Works picks up your compostables on Wednesdays and takes them to Kitchen Harvest's on-farm composting site at Linvilla Orchards, just 3.5 miles from Media Borough, where they turn it into compost. Nature does most of the work, but they carefully monitor its progress and turn it in as needed. The finished, screened bulk compost is spread at Linvilla and sold to local residents, businesses and schools. Kitchen Harvest has a video of their process on the Kitchen Harvest website, and find more information on the Kitchen Harvest Facebook page.
The pickup empties your bucket into the Borough compost truck each week. You can rinse your empty bucket out with a hose. You can also line it with a paper grocery bag if you wish. Most people keep a small (2-quart or so) container at their sink and empty it into the yellow program bucket, which they leave outside. Smells are not noticeable if you empty your indoor container on a daily basis. Your inside container should have a tight lid to prevent fruit flies in the summer.
Absolutely! No silly questions! Public Works starts collecting early in the morning. We ask that you have your bucket out on the street by 6 am Many people put their buckets out the night before.
No. They do not have time to. Use a paper bag as a liner instead.
Screw top lids rule!
Some participants have found success using a Screw Top Bucket Lid, available from the Home Depot website and other places.
As long as it is in a bucket.
Yes! Curbside Compost includes both yard waste and food scraps. We ask that you put your yard waste in a recycled paper yard waste bag (available at Deals and other hardware-type stores). Please do not overfill yard bags. Do not use plastic trash bags or plastic bag liners for yard waste. Sticks / branches are accepted provided they are no wider than four inches in diameter and no longer than four feet. Sticks / branches larger than 2 inches in diameter cannot be placed inside the bags and must be bundled separately.
Flies and bugs may increase in the summer for some people. Tips: Keep the lid on at all times. Keep the contents as cool and dry as possible. Store the bucket outside in a shady place. Occasionally add shredded paper or dry yard waste. Line the bucket with a paper grocery bag. Rinse out the bucket every week after Public Works empties it.