Compost Bins

How to get a low-cost, rodent-resistant compost bin

An average household can compost between 500 and 1,000 pounds of organic material each year in the bins, producing a rich soil supplement out of material that would otherwise be disposed.

To make it easier to compost kitchen scraps and yard waste, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) makes home composting bins available to Massachusetts' cities and towns each year as part of the DEP's recycling equipment grant program.

The bins, which retail for $70-120, are available to residents of grantee communities for $25-$45. Some towns have one style, others have both.

To obtain a compost bin, visit or call:

Abington Board of Health, 500 Gliniewicz Way - 781-982-2119

Cohasset Recycling and Disposal Facility, 81 Cedar St. - 781-383-0273  (kitchen scrap buckets $5) 

Hanson Board of Health, 542 Liberty St., 781-293-3138 

Kingston Highway Department, 32 Evergreen Street - 781-585-0513   

Middleborough, DPW Office, 48 Wareham Street - 508-946-2481

Plymouth Transfer Station and DPW 508-830-4166*

Rockland Recycling Center 781-878-3838*

* residents only

If your community is not listed, try a neighboring one.

SSRCPSA (1 min)

Demo of New Age and Brave New Composters: How to compost (4 min), This Old House, featuring Ann McGovern

Home composting- turning spoils into soil   (17 min)  Downloadable version here, Connecticut DEEP

Two styles of compost bins are available through MassDEP's municipal programs: Earth Machine & New Age Composter (formerly Brave New Composter). Some towns have one style, others have both.

Both are easy to assemble, rodent-resistent, and allow for efficient, aerobic composting. They are made from a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic collected or processed in Massachusetts. 

For more information on home composting or the bin grant program, go to  Mass. DEP's website or contact Ann McGovern, DEP Waste Reduction Program, 617-292-5834.