Beverly recently completed a two-year pilot curbside compost collection program for food scraps and other organic waste. Due to the success of the initiative, which saw 84 percent of participating homes participate each week, Beverly decided to make the program permanent and expand it citywide. Anyone interested can sign up at beverlycan.com/compost-info. Close to 700 households have enrolled so far for citywide collection, which began last month. The cost for participants is $35 for six months. The city is offering participants up to a $20 reduction in their annual trash fee. Each participant is supplied with a wheeled 13-gallon cart, and a countertop bin. Items that can be left curbside include all food waste, compostable bags and utensils, soiled paper and cardboard, wine corks, and wax and parchment paper.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.