Curbside Pickup Program
- Weekly pickups: $74.99/6 months or $13.99/month
- Every-other-week pickups: $55.99/6 months & $10.99/month
In addition to food waste, including egg shells, coffee grounds, and meat bones, the compost program accepts items like toothpicks, popsicle sticks, houseplants and flowers, paper towels, and cooking oil. Read the full list of compostable items.
Composting is a process that turns organic materials like food, leaves, and yard waste into soil enrichment. Known as "black gold" to gardeners, compost replenishes nutrients in the soil, helps it retain moisture, makes the soil easy to work, and helps plants resist disease. Composting can also help reduce methane production at landfills and have other environmental benefits. Read about the benefits of composting and how to do it at home.
- According to the MassDEP, organic waste makes up nearly 25 percent of the waste stream, which translates to over 1 million tons of organic waste in Massachusetts per year. Backyard composting is a great way to divert materials from the waste stream and also provide residents with an alternative to yard-waste collection.
- According to EPA estimates, composting diverts almost half a pound of food waste per person per day from the waste steam. For a family of four, that translates to over 600 pounds a year.