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