The Village of Brown Deer is exploring the initiation of an organics collection program. This program would be an optional service that residents could elect to participate in that would allow a private contractor to collect organic materials and yard waste. Organics collection refers to the pick-up of compostable materials such as food scraps and yard waste that would go into a collection bin that would most likely be smaller than your refuse or recycling carts. Participants would need to purchase or rent a cart through the contractor and then would be charged a monthly fee of approximately $14-20 per month depending on the level of interest and participants in Brown Deer. The Village anticipates the program will only be available to Village of Brown Deer residents occupying 1-, 2-, and 3-family dwellings.
Residents may want to consider participating in this program for a few reasons. First, kitchen scraps, if not composted at home or put down the garbage disposal, end up going to the landfill, where they decompose inefficiently and produce methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, far worse than carbon dioxide. This is a proactive way for us to save materials going to our landfill and reduce the amount of methane being produced. Secondly, this gives residents an ability for yard waste materials to be collected in a bin at your residence along with your food scraps. The Village hopes this program will also allow some opportunities for participants to use the compostable materials generated through food scraps and yard waste.
Before staff utilizes its time to further coordinate such a program, staff is seeking if at least 50 community members express support to participate prior to September. If so, the Village will then design a request for proposal process to engage in finding an organics collection vendor. Village staff anticipates these services would begin April 1, 2023 if there is enough interest for participation. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form to get started.