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

Rainbarrels are available for order here (select Massachusetts and Medford), and MUST be picked up behind City Hall on
Wednesday, April 26th between 5 and 7PM.

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 you can contact our office to see if we still have bins left to purchase! Due to the need to order the bins 4 weeks in advance and in blocks of 20, there may be bins available for order after April 14th (guaranteed availability deadline for preorders).

Orbis Earth Machine compost bins must be ordered directly from the City.  Directions for order are below, following the description.  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

Compost Bin Ordering Instructions:

To place order, click on Order now and follow the steps below:

Click on “Continue Using Express Pay

Enter an email address the City can use to remind you about pickup.

Click “Express Pay Sign in

Under Bill Category choose “Compost Bins

Fill in your name, address and the number of bins desired.

Click “Add to cart

Review your payment cart and click “Continue

Choose your payment method.  There is a charge of $2.24 to use a credit card; paying with your bank account is free.

Follow the instructions to complete the payment.

All pre-ordered compost bins MUST be picked up on Wednesday May 10th, between 5PM and 7PM, behind Medford City Hall, 85 George P Hassett Dr.

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