Bexley Food Waste Recycling Pilot Program


We are expanding our food waste recycling pilot program City-wide! If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form below. If you are currently part of our pilot program, we ask that you still sign up by filling out the form below. To learn more, please see below.

The registration deadline for the initial deployment of food-waste containers will be Friday February 15th. The first deployment will be later in February. We will deploy containers to future participants on a month after registration. So, if you apply after February 15th you will receive a container in April! 

Recources:

List of Compostable Food Waste
Tips & Tools for Collecting Food Waste at Home
Reducing Food Waste at Home Pamphlet 
 

Why Should You Participate?

Food waste recycling is an easy way to do your part in making a difference. Food waste that goes to a landfill doesn't breakdown without a negative impact. As it rots, it releases methane - which is 25% more potent than carbon dioxide. With the 400 some houses we had participate in the first year of our pilot program, over 40 tons of food was kept out of the landfill. That equates to 20 tons of methane gasses kept out of our atmosphere, 2,050 gallons of gasoline saved, 2.3 years worth of electricity saved (for the average household). A little effort goes a long way! 

FAQ:

How often will food waste be collected?
Food waste will be collected weekly, on Monday mornings, via curbside pickup.  The bucket, along with the compostable liner must be placed on the opposite side of the driveway, away from all other materials (solid/yard wate, recycling, and bulk materials), with the liner securly tied off inside, and the lid properly secured.  Each week the liner will be collected, and a new liner left inside the existing bucket.

What sort of receptacle will be provided?
A sealable, 5-gallon receptacle will be provided for food waste, along with a compostible liner.

What food waste types are accepted?
See the list above (under resources) for food types that are acceptable.

What about smell?
The lids that come with our 5 gallon receptacles are very tight and were chosen for this very reason. In addition, each participant will get a copy of the tips and tricks pamphlet (see above) for making the recycling of food scraps a breeze – a crumpled brown paper bag from Kroger placed on top is one way to filter the air. Another is to keep the 5 gallon receptacle outside the back door and to actually collect daily produced food scraps in a re-usable 4/6 qt Tupperware type container, cleaning this container after its content are emptied every other day or so into the 5 gallon bucket. 

How much will it cost me?
The program is part of the City's annual refuse contract, at a cost of $1.87 per household per month. 

What happens to the food waste once it's collected?
Our partner offers local community gardens and urban farmers the opportunity to take all the composted food waste that is collected. Additionally, pilot program participants will be provided with a 5 gallon receptcale of compost in the spring.

If my receptacle isn't picked up, who should I call?
Please contact the Service Department, (614) 559-4220.

Background:

Bexley has historically been a leader in green initiatives, from our being the first community in central Ohio to recycle some 15 odd years ago, to the purchase this year of renewable energy to power the City’s facilities, streetlights, and traffic lights.  At its September 26th meeting, Bexley City Council took a pivotal next step in approving the Bexley Zero Waste Plan, which is a long-term strategic plan designed to dramatically reduce the amount of solid waste that goes to the landfill, diverting it instead to next-generation recyclable and reusable streams (www.bexley.org/zero).  

One of the recommendations of the Bexley Zero Waste Plan is for the City to begin working towards diverting food waste away from landfills.  

Food waste recycling is not a new concept. Think of it as composting, but for the entire community. We’ve been working on the concept of food waste recycling in the years since, and only recently have we had an eligible provider and a regulatory environment in central Ohio that would allow us to contemplate such a project.   

Participants will be asked to place the receptacles at the curbside during normal Monday pickup. The receptacles will be picked up and replaced with clean receptacles for use during the following week. After collection, food waste will be recycled into compost that can then be used in gardens, farms, etc.  

If you’re interested in getting your block involved in the Food Waste Recycling Program (and who wouldn’t be?), the process is straightforward and familiar to many of our residents. A petition can be downloaded at www.bexley.org/food-waste. Just like a petition for a block party, we’re asking for at least 75% of residents on a block to sign up for the program and agree to be active participants during the one year pilot. In the event that we have more than the 200-300 household base we’re targeting for this effort, eligible blocks will be entered into a lottery for the pilot program.

So what are you waiting for?! Download the petition today, and rally your block into action! We anticipate strong resident support of this program and are excited to be the first community in Central Ohio to pioneer this type of effort.