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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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    Announceing the Launch of Residential Compost Pilot at Select Farmer's Markets

    Time and location of drop-off sites for residential collection of food scraps:

    Harvard-Allston: 168 Western Ave., Allston; Fridays between 3 p.m. and 7 pm. from August 9 to October 25
    Egleston Square: 45 Brookside Ave., Jamaica Plain; Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from August 10 to October 26
    Bowdoin-Geneva: 230 Bowdoin St., Dorchester; Thursdays between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from August 15 to October 31

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  • South End Trash & Recycling Program: Pilot Program Extended with New Hours

    The evaluation of the four-month pilot trash & recycling program for the South end was completed on June 11 at a neighborhood meeting held at the South End Library. Many residents attended the meeting and there was a full discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the Pilot Program. The two most prominent takeaways were that the program was effective in improving the neighborhood cleanliness, but the 11:00 pm placement hour was too restrictive. New program hours & requirements will go into effect July 1, 2013. Please read the attached flyer for more details.

    South End Trash & Recycling Pilot Program

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: Summer Drop-Off Dates

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

    June 14 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at UMASS Boston, Parking Lot D, Dorchester

    June 28 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, Millennium Park

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  • Missed Pickup

    If your trash or recycling was not picked up, please call the Mayor's Office (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 617-635-4500 or place an online service request by following the link below.

    Report Missed Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste/Bulk Item Pickup


  • Single Stream Recycling

    Mayor Menino announces citywide expansion of the program.

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