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Composting is the controlled decomposition of organic material. You can compost in your own backyard or even inside your apartment. Outdoor compost bins are available to residents at subsidized rates.

Bins & Buckets for Sale

Available for purchase at the Boston Building Resources, 100 Terrace Street, Mission Hill, 617-442-2262.

Compost Bin $50 (nearly half the suggested retail price)
You can fill a compost bin with 12 bags of leaves. Bin size is adjustable. Within a year, your yard waste  composts into 200 lbs of highly nutritious dirt.

Kitchen Scrap Bucket $10
Kitchen scrap bucket has a handle and lid and holds 7 liters. It's a clean and convenient way to collect food scraps for your compost bin.

Build Your Own Compost Bin

You can build your own compost bin using welded wire fencing.

Instructions for Building Your Own Compost Bin

Indoor Composting

No backyard? No problem. Here is information about several methods of composting indoors.

Vermi-Composting One Bin Method
Vermi-Composting Two Bin Method
Stealth Composting


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  • Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding: Fall Date

    The City will collect and recycle electronic waste for free from the Public.

    Residents can also safely shred and recycle unwanted confidential documents at no charge. Limit 10 boxes to shred, no businesses.

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM at UMass Boston Bayside parking Lot, 200 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester.

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Fall Drop-Off Dates

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste for free at upcoming events:   

    October 25 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester 

    November 22 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

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