Curbside Compost Pilot

Have you heard the good news? In the fall of 2015, the curbside compost pickup program will expand to include all residential buildings (12 units or less) with city trash service in the Monday collection. The City expects to expand compost collection citywide in subsequent years. In the meantime, all Cambridge residents are welcome to bring their food scraps to one of the drop off compost sites, or consider composting at home with a backyard bin or indoor bin.

The original pilot program began April 7, 2014. As of April 2015, over 600 participating households collected over 170,000 pounds of food scraps. Instead of being landfilled or sent to an incinerator, this material was made into rich compost by Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, MA. Click here to the download the project reports.

Eligible residences are all single family to twelve unit buildings with city trash service in the green area of the Monday collection route. If you live in the green pilot area, you can participate in the program by filling out the Curbside Compost Sign-up Form.


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.

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

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Ms. Randi Mail
Director of Recycling