By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
The city has obtained a permit from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to start accepting grass clippings at the municipal compost site, Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and Public Works Commissioner Tom McCarthy announced.
The DEEP permit, good until June 30, 2022, also allows the city to start picking up grass clippings on residents’ weekly curbside collection days through Nov. 22.
Grass clippings must be in biodegradable paper bags and will not be accepted if they are in plastic bags, McCarthy said.
Glass clippings and leaves must be in separate bags.
“Crews will not pick up grass bags containing anything other than grass,” McCarthy said. “No leaves, no branches, no sand, no rocks, no dirt.”
Residents can bring grass clippings as well as bagged leaves and untied brush to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Compost is free with proof of residence.