City Councilors Matt O'Malley (JP, West Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) say it's time for the city to look at picking up food scraps from Boston residents, to reduce the city's trash-disposal costs and create new fertilizer for local parks and even farms.
The City Council tomorrow considers their request to start the process rolling.
In their request to the full council for a hearing on the issue, O'Malley and Pressley note that Bootstrap Compost of Jamaica Plain has diverted 240,000 pounds of food scraps from landfills since 2011 - and that's with just 550 residential and 21 commercial customers.
Local colleges have embraced composting programs, with Boston University diverting 1,120 tons of compost from its waste and Harvard University planning to become “zero waste” by 2020 through increased composting among other initiatives
The program would harken back to the days when there was a difference between garbage and trash, and the former was picked up by local pig farmers to feed their animals.