Curbside Compost Pilot

Have you heard the good news? Cambridge is starting a pilot program for curbside compost pickup.

The 1-year pilot began April 7, 2014 and continues to March 30, 2015. The City has recruited well over 500 participating households. Eligible residences are in the green area of the Monday collection route, have city trash service, and be single family homes up to multi-family buildings with no more than 12 units. Participation is voluntary. As of mid-May, we are focusing on maximizing participation in the multi-family buildings already signed up and are evaluating whether we can take on additional eligible residences. (Program Flyer)

Why is composting a good thing?    Compost Pilot Area Map sml

  • It’s nature's way of recycling food scraps and compost makes wonderful soil to grow healthy food. 
  • It’s good for the environment and reducing waste feels good. Love food, hate waste! 
  • It helps protect the climate by reducing potent greenhouse gas emissions at landfills. 
  • Curbside compost collection will help the City control trash costs and meet its goals to reduce trash 30% by 2020 and 80% less by 2050. 
  • Farming and gardening with compost requires less water and helps to avoid the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

If you want to sign up, please:

  1. Check that you live in the green area on the map. 
  2. Your residence must get City trash service. 
  3. Your home must be a single family, or a multi-family with up to 12 units. 
  4. Complete the “I’m Interested” form. Click here!
  5. Space is limited to 800 households.

More Info:

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Project partners also include Cambridge School Department, Cambridge Public Library, BioBag USA, and Novamont.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4800
TDD:617.499.9924

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Recycling Center Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Ms. Randi Mail
Director of Recycling
617.349.4866
rmail@cambridgema.gov