The City of Boston now offers free curbside food waste collection for Boston residents. Click the link below to learn more and sign up! There are also drop-off locations throughout the City, learn more in our drop-off program section.
Your food waste has the potential to create a rich, soil that helps plants grow. Collecting food waste reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. It also helps the environment by enriching soil, giving new plants nutrients to grow, and creating clean energy.
Boston Compost Drop-Off Map
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Farmers Market Food Waste Drop-off
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Leaf and Yard Waste Composting
Community Garden Compost Request Form
The City of Boston provides compost to community gardens at no cost. Request your gardens compost here!
How to Make Compost at Home
Boston residents can buy bins and buckets at:
The company has three composting options:
- Kitchen Scrap Bucket ($15, plus tax)
- Earth Machine Compost Bin ($25, plus tax, with proof of Boston residency)
- New Age Compost Bin ($25, plus tax, with proof of Boston residency)
If you don’t have a backyard, you can still compost indoors:
The elements of a good compost pile include biodegradables, organic material, air, and moisture. For the best results, follow these compost instructions. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection also has information on composting.
To build your compost, you will need nitrogen-rich “green” materials, like:
- food scraps (but not meat, dairy, fats, and oils)
- fresh grass clippings
- weeds (not laden with seeds), and
- coffee grounds.
You will also need carbon-rich “brown” materials, like:
- dried leaves
- shredded paper, and
- pine needles (pine needles should not make up more than 10 percent of the material in the pile).