Backyard Composting

Many people like to pair home composting with curbside collection to increase the number of items that can be composted. Backyard compost systems are great for fruits, veggies, and coffee grounds and provide finished compost in your own yard to be used for gardens.

The City has partnered with Earth Machine (Norseman Plastics) to offer compost bins to residents at a discount.

Residents may pick up the compost bin at Public Works (with a 24 hour notice prior to pick up) for $40.00 cash, check or money order, no debit cards.

A family using an Earth Machine can divert over 500 lbs. of kitchen scraps and yard waste a year. Home composting with recycling and yard waste programs, can reduce your waste by up to 80%.

MassDEP Home Composting Information