Compost Bins and rain barrels are again available for order through the City of Medford.

Medford Rainbarrel  sales are over for 2017, but you can still order for pickup in Winchester.  Go here (and select Massachusetts and Winchester)

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

Compost bins can no longer be ordered online, but there is a limited number still available; you must come into the office to place your order! Due to the need to order the bins 4 weeks in advance and in blocks of 20, the final bins must be ordered in person in the Office of Energy & Environment so we don’t accidently oversell!  Please bring a check to City Hall, room 205 during City Hall Hours.

All pre-ordered compost bins MUST Be picked up on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 between 5PM and 7PM.

The Orbis Earth Machine retails at hardware stores for $110.  Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Medford is able to offer these bins for $45 for a limited time.

The Earth Machine home composter

Now from ORBIS (formerly Norseman Environmental). The 80 gallon Earth Machine® is a durable backyard compost bin designed to compost food and yard waste, effectively diverting it from landfills.

  • 80 gallon, 300 litre capacity
  • Easy snap together assembly
  • Twist locking lid
  • Harvest door, for easy compost removal
  • Vertical and horizontal ventilation
  • User guide, harvest door, lid and screws included
  • BPA free
  • UV stabilizer is added to resist deterioration from sunlight
  • Made from recycled content

Medford DPW sells New-Age Compost bins for $55New-Age-Composter

Available year-round from Medford’s DPW, you can pay for the compost bin in the DPW Office in City Hall, room 305, during City Hall hours. Then, you pick up the compost bin from our City Yard location at 48 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.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

– Can I get a compost bin immediately?new-age-compost-bin
Actually, yes.  We have New Age Compost Bins available immediately.  Bring $55 cash or check to Medford DPW in City Hall during business hours.  They keep these compost bins in stock.

– How do I compost?
The MA Dept of Environmental Protection has a lot of great information about getting started composting, on their site.

– Do I need to buy a compost bin? Can I just make one?
We have information about making your own compost bin here.

– Is composting hard or complicated?
Here is a video of the Energy & Environment Director’s children showing how easy it is to compost that they made several years ago:

– Why is there a charge to use my credit card?
It is a charge from the credit card companies to the City, we pass the charge through.

– I have other questions, can I call or email someone?
You can email the Office of Energy & Environment at or call us at 781-393-2137