Is Composting Important?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps  account for 14% of the 250 million tons of waste Americans produced in  2010. Yard trimmings account for 13%.  Adding the estimated 6% of paper  that is not recyclable, 33% of our municipal waste stream is  compostable. Composting is a powerful method to reduce household waste  Composting creates jobs and a natural, nutrient-rich soil  enhancer (and alternative to synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers)  while conserving landfill space and reducing the amount of  climate-changing gases generated in landfills. 

Residents can now purchase transfer stickers online as well as in person at 125 Locust Street.

Residential Composting Options and Rules

  • The Locust Street Transfer Station offers free food scrap and compostable material drop-off.  Food and non-recyclable paper waste is collected at the Locust Street Transfer Station free of charge to everyone with a valid vehicle permit. The material is processed at a local farm where it turns into a rich, natural soil amendment.  Click here for  Details about the items accepted in the Locust Street program.
  • Outdoor compost bins and counter-top collection buckets for backyard and household composting are available at wholesale or reduced prices via the DPW.
  • Some residential waste haulers offer curbside compost collection.
  • Yard and leaf waste is banned from household trash by order of the Commonwealth.  

Business and Industry Composting

A statewide food waste ban, effective 10/1/2014, affects organizations and industries producing one ton or more of food scraps  per week.  

Recycling Works is a statewide recycling assistance program which helps  businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting  opportunities.  Contact their hotline to speak to in-house experts: call  (888) 254-5525 or email for more information.