What is not accepted?

The list below includes examples of items that are not accepted. Check here for a complete list.

  • Branches (Bring branches no larger than 4" in diameter to the Transfer Station at 180 Town Farm Road)
  • Cigarettes
  • Dead animals
  • Diapers (not even compostable diapers)
  • Dog waste
  • Leaves (Compost them in your backyard or bring them to the Transfer Station)
  • Plastic bags! (You can line your bin with paper towels or newspaper or purchase Bags to Earth paper bags or BPI-Certified Compostable bags)
  • Sanitary products
  • Sticks, dirt, pebbles
  • Textiles
  • Wood

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1. What is the Curbside Collection Program?
2. What is the cost?
3. Who can participate? Is it too late to join?
4. What are organics?
5. What is accepted?
6. What is not accepted?
7. Why is Ipswich promoting this organics program?
8. What is my fee paying for?
9. When is my payment due? How do I pay?
10. How will the food waste be collected?
11. Can I put my food in plastic bags and then put it in the organics cart?
12. I go away in the winter. Can I get a reduced rate?
13. Where will the organics be composted?
14. How can I minimize odors in my collection cart?
15. Can I compost my biodegradable/compostable plastic foodware?
16. Is there a limit to the accepted food waste that I can put out?
17. Can I put paper yard bags out with the cart for pickup?
18. Why aren’t leaves accepted? They’re organic.
19. Kitty litter?? With or without poop?
20. Why is dog waste not accepted?
21. Can I pay to have just acceptable yard waste picked up?
22. What about shellfish shells?
23. Can I continue my backyard composting?
24. What if I don't want to participate?
25. I use 100% natural biodegradable diapers for our baby. Can I put them in my green cart?
26. How long is the composting process from the time delivered to the finished product?
27. How many tons of organics are processed per week?
28. When and where can I pick up my free compost?
29. How will diverting my food scraps save the town money?