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What is Composting?

Composting is a natural degradation process. The breakdown of organic matter occurs over time from exposure to oxygen, moisture, and naturally occurring bacteria. The result of this process is a humus material called compost.

Why Compost?

Picture of the compost cycle. Save time and money in reduced soil and fertilizer purchases while decreasing local disposal costs. By composting, you won't have to bag and drag yard waste to the curb for collection!

 It's good for the environment. Often, organic material decomposes without air in landfills producing methane, a gas that contributes to global climate change.

 Enrich the soil. Compost reduces erosion by improving soil structure and adds essential nutrients to the soil, helping to grow trouble-free plants with less water, fertilizer or pesticides.

 Learn and have fun!

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Curbside Organics Collection

Picture of Black Earth Compost's Logo

The City of Newton has partnered with Black Earth Compost to offer household curbside food waste collection service that will turn those vegetable peels, bones, shells and other scraps back into dirt that can grow more food instead of being tossed as trash.

We went out to bid and asked for a volume discount for Newton residents. The service will cost Newtonians $59.99 for six months, plus a one-time start-up fee of $34 to pay for a 13-gallon lockable cart to collect food waste for weekly pick-up on the curb by Black Earth Compost.

Watch a short video about composting here

Having trouble locking your curbside organics bin? Watch a short video about latching your bin here.

Get more information about composting and sign up for Black Earth Compost here.

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Buy a Compost Bin

 Compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets are available for purchase at City Hall Customer Service or online. Pick up items at the Newton Resource Recovery Center with proof of payment.

Both compost bin styles are easy to assemble and allow for efficient, aerobic composting. They are made from a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled plastic. The kitchen scrap collection bucket is handy to use for transport out to the compost bin. 

Pricing for the Compost Bins offered by the City of Newton. The Earth Machine costs $25 and has a capacity of 10.5ft3. The Brave New Composter costs $25 and has a capacity of 24ft3. The Kitchen Scrap bucket costs $8 and is 8.5'x11.9'x8.7'.'

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How to Compost

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has resources on home composting and green landscaping practices. 

This Home Composting Guide may also be useful, especially when getting started. 

For more information on backyard composting, listen to this webinar featuring Ann McGovern of MassDEP.

Stop by the Green Newton table at the Newton Farmer's Market to learn more about how to compost and speak with fellow residents with many years of composting experience. 

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