St. John Valley

Composting service free to five Valley towns

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Valley Recycling Facility in Frenchville is urging the public to take advantage of its free composting service. 


Valley Recycling Facility is run by and serves Madawaska, Frenchville, St. Agatha, Fort Kent and Grand Isle at the transfer station. 

Ray Demoranville, assistant supervisor for the facility, wanted to drum up support for this project to save the community tax dollars and help out the environment. 

“Every pound of food scrap or yard waste that gets composted saves the community tax dollars, protects the climate by cutting landfill methane emission, and creates a renewable resource to put back into the community,” read a flyer printed by Demoranville. 

According to a study by the Environment Protection Agency, 24 percent of the garbage that  goes into the landfill could actually be composted. 

Some of the items that can be composted are egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, bread, grass clippings/hay, small brush, fruit peels, leaves, old soil, flowers, corn stalks and pumpkins. 

Valley Recycling will not accept any meat for composting. 

As soon as the compost is ready, it will be free to the public to use in gardening or landscaping. 


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