What should I do with food waste?

Transfer Station Recycling bins in a rowFood waste is one of the heaviest components of your weekly trash. Since the town pays for incineration by weight, you can help to reduce the town’s disposal costs by removing this item from your trash. In addition, overuse of kitchen disposals can adversely affect the functioning of your septic system.

Food waste should be separated from trash and disposed of in the large barrels located next to the compost area at the Transfer Station. This includes bones, shells, corn cobs, tea bags, coffee grounds, and all meats, eggs and fish. All food must be bagged. Residents may use any type of bag - plastic, paper or compostable. The town recommends the use of compostable bags.

Items that are NOT acceptable are recyclables, cooking oil, yard waste, boxes, cups and cartons.

Kitchen countertop containers and 10-gallon garage pails for transport are available for purchase at the Transfer Station. Compostable bags are available at local grocery and hardware stores, Amazon and Target.

The food waste is transported to an anaerobic digester to be converted to biogas. The town’s goal is to turn this waste into a renewable energy source.

The program is available to all residents with a current Transfer Station sticker which is offered for free and can be obtained at the Transfer Station or Town Garage.

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1. What do I do with my trash?
2. Where / when can I get a Transfer Station sticker?
3. Who has the access to the Dover Transfer Station, where is it and what are the hours?
4. What should I do with food waste?
5. What is the Deposit Trailer?
6. How do I get rid of a mattress or box spring?