Composting

See below for more information on purchasing “New-Age compost bins” directly from Medford DPW, for immediate pickup.

Municipal Composting

The City has received many inquiries about the possibility of a compost collection program in Medford. With municipal compost programs growing in the region and many companies offering this service, we partnered with the Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program to have Tufts graduate students research this for the city. 

They did a very in-depth study of the social, environmental, financial and practical issues related to municipal scale composting in this region. While composting at a municipal level is not uncommon in some parts of the country, we’ve found that several of the municipalities in the area that have implemented pilot programs have decided to not move forward in municipal-wide composting. Therefore, we wanted to understand the barriers and difficulties of various program models before jumping right into a program.

Their full report is 150 pages, and is available for download here. The Executive Summary, available as a separate file here, provides all of the key findings and recommendations from their research. 

Home Composting

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Available year-round from Medford’s DPW, you can pay for the compost bin in the DPW Office in City Hall, room 304, during City Hall hours. Then, you pick up the compost bin from our City Yard location at 21 James St (details provided when you pay for the bin at City Hall).

These compost bins are highly recommended by the State Department of Environmental Protection.

New-Age Compost bins available from Medford DPW year round, for $55

Home Composting FAQ

Yes. We have New Age Compost Bins available immediately.  Please make out check to “The City of Medford” in the amount of $57 and bring it to Medford DPW in City Hall during business hours.  They keep these compost bins in stock.

Some years The Office of Energy & Environment does a batch order of compost bins, when there is a good option to bring the community and to help raise awareness. In 2019 we are recommending the bins available through DPW.

The MA Department of Environmental Protection has a lot of great information about getting started composting, on their site.

Here is a video of the Energy & Environment Director’s children showing how easy it is to compost that they made many years ago: