Food Waste Challenge

The Department of Public Works is challenging Wellesley residents to StepUp! and participate in the Food Waste Challenge.  We are trying to sign up additional households to join and help reduce landfill waste, save tax dollars and generate renewable locally-generated power. 

To get started, please fill out the following form to reserve a free starter kit which can be picked up at the RDF on a first come first serve basis. Starter kits include: compostable bag liners for your countertop container, and a larger bucket with screw on lid for storing/transporting your food waste from your home to the RDF.  The starter kit does not include a countertop container.  There are many different options and price ranges for this unit.  These countertop units can be found on 
AmazonHome DepotLowes and many other retailers.


Click here for the program flyer for a list of accepted waste, where to buy program supplies and frequently asked questions.  Once at the RDF, drop your food waste off in the designated containers near the trash compactors.  From here, your food waste will be converted into electricity, heat, liquid fertilizer, bio char/animal bedding or as ingredients to produce high grade compost.  

With trash disposal costs predicted to increase as much as 40% in the next 2-5 years as landfill capacity diminishes, disposing of a valuable product that compromises as much as 20% of household generated waste is counterproductive to prudent fiscal and sustainable practices.

Follow us on Twitter @wellesleydpw for updates, tips, facts and to share your suggestions on reducing food waste with the community. For more information about Wellesley's Food Waste Drop Off program, please see the food waste page on the RDFapp or call the RDF at 781-235-7600 x3345.

Thank you for recycling and participating in our program! #wellesleyrecycles

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