Food Waste Compost
Composting is a powerful method to reduce household waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps accounted 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 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.
Because of the beneficial impact of organics diversion from the waste stream, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has banned leaf and yard waste from household trash and implemented a commercial food waste ban for organizations producing more than one ton of food waste per week.
Residents can now purchase transfer stickers online as well as in person at 125 Locust Street.
Residential Composting Options
- 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.
- Some residential waste haulers offer curbside compost collection.
- For those interested in home or backyard composting, we offer two varieties of compost bins at close-to-wholesale prices (see list at right).
Business and Industry Composting
A statewide food waste ban affects organizations and industries producing one ton or more of food scraps per week.
Recycling Works, a statewide recycling assistance program, helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities. Contact their hotline to speak to in-house experts at (888) 254-5525 or email for more information.