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

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

If you’d like to order a rain barrel, follow the information on this page. The order deadline is May 3rd, 2018, and pickup is May 9th.

Compost bin pre-order will be available soon for Spring 2018.

New-Age Compost bins will be available for order through the office of energy and environment soon, and are available through DPW year round, for $57New-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).

Soon, you’ll be able to order the compost bin for our spring batch order online. Order deadline and pickup date TBA.

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 is ordering through the Office of Energy and Environment different from purchasing through DPW?

Because the OEE order is a once-a-year batch order, we can accommodate a high quantity of bins, quickly, while DPW offers them continuously. With ours, you can order online, then pick up the bin on a date TBA, where we will load your car for you. There is no difference in price.

– 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