Robert Beaudoin

Robert Beaudoin

Speaker | Lexington Compost Site

Lexington, MA | rbeaudoin@lexingtonma.gov

USCC Member

As Superintendent of Environmental Services Mr. Beaudoin is responsible for managing environmental service programs, including contracted curbside refuse collection and disposal; curbside recycling collection of mixed paper, plastic, glass and metal containers, yard waste, appliances, and drop-off of corrugated cardboard; manage operations of the Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility (MHHP); special collections of medical waste, cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and other electronics; manage operations at the Lexington Composting Facility (LCF), including the processing and collection of leaves, yard waste, brush, tree waste, wood chips and other organic materials from contractors, residents, and municipal curbside materials; oversee the provision of composting-related services completed by private contractors; administer the contractor permit program for yard waste and brush; and develop and implement marketing program regarding the sale of various compost/loam products.

Session Name: Municipal Composting 1: Building and Financing Yard Debris Facilities

Session Time: Wednesday, January 29, 8:00 to 9:15 AM

Presentation Title: Generating Municipal Revenue with Yard Waste

Presentation Description: Department of public works (DPW) superintendents will find multiple ideas from this case study of the Hartwell Avenue old landfill site in Lexington, Massachusetts. It is an active drop-off for yard waste and has a newly constructed 2.1 MW solar ground mount system on five acres and two half-acre solar canopies. It contains an active 10-acre compost site that annually processes 50,000 cubic yards of yard waste from its curbside collection program and from about 100 landscape companies and other towns. The town produces 20,000 cubic yards of finished loam, compost including bark and leaf mulch, and generates $500K in revenues per year. Since 2002, the compost site has generated $6.3 million in total revenues. All equipment has been purchased from compost revenues. The site also serves as the DPW’s yard for construction material. It is the first regional HHP site in Massachusetts serving a population more than a quarter million, an active police shooting range and as a regional emergency equipment site in Northeast Mass.