Composting

Where does Bentley’s trash go?

The kitchens at La Cava, Seasons and the Dana Center divert their food waste in a separate waste stream. The food waste goes to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus where they process it into compost. They mix the food waste with yard waste and lay it out into long rows. It gets turned every few weeks processing for several months. The microbes in the mixture start to get hot and cook the mixture. In the end a high-quality product comes out that farmers can add to their soil to increase its productivity.

The rest of Bentley’s trash goes to Covanta to be burned for energy. Learn more about trash to energy here.

Click the map below to see where Bentley’s trash, recycling and compost goes. All of our facilities are within 50 miles of campus, while our recycling and compost facilities are within 15 miles of Bentley.

Rocky Hill Farm has been located in North Saugus, MA since the early 1920′s. Back then the primary business was the raising of livestock. Today the farm has evolved into organic recycling of yard waste to produce a high quality compost to be used in the enrichment of soil. We are fully committed in the recycling of organic material and producing a by-product that is good for the environment. Recently we fabricated an in-vessel digester that composts grass clippings, leaves and food waste (fruits and vegetables). The raw material goes in the digester and in three days it is completely broken down into compost. It is then put into windrows for another 4 weeks to fully mature. The next stage is to screen the compost in our McCloskey Trommel screener. The compost can be spread on fields for the growing of vegetables, used as a soil amendment, turf dressing, erosion control, potted plants or used in heavy soils to increase drainage.