To prevent compost from freezing to your outdoor bin in winter you can line it with a compostable bag. Double bagged paper grocery bags work great. Or you can purchase compostable bags – the BioBag size 13 gallon fits the Kingsford Caddy or town bins. Feeling creative? Roll your compost like a burrito in newspaper.
In the compost world, organics refers to materials that were once alive and will break down naturally to be turned into compost (nutrient rich soil). This term is not to be confused with organic food that complies with organic methods of farming. Examples of organics that are accepted in the compost bin are listed on the “Composting Guide” page.
A 13 gallon bucket or less is accepted weekly for residential pickup. We recommend the Kingsford Charcoal Caddy available at Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Amazon. This can be kept in the kitchen or stored outside. City pilot programs may supply containers. Check with your city.
We compost at several locations that we manage or are in partnerships with that are permitted by the MASS Department of Environmental Protection or MASS Dept of Agriculture to accept food waste for composting. These locations include partnerships with cities, local farms, and private land.
Composting can be messy. Just taking a few simple steps and establishing a good system removes the ick factor. Here are some suggestions: We highly recommend the use of a container liner, either a paper bag/newspaper or approved compostable bag (biodegradable bags are not acceptable). Clean container regularly. Compost napkins, paper towels and other soiled paper to absorb moisture. Avoid pouring liquid into the container. Indoor kitchen containers with a carbon filter traps odor. In the heat of the summer freeze food waste before collection. Sprinkle bottom of container with baking soda (to absorb wetness & odor). Sprinkle bottom of container with white vinegar. Wrap meat, fish in newspaper or paper bags.
Compostable bags are made of a corm polymer and have been tested to break down within a certain time frame at industrial compost facilities. We accept bags certified compostable by the BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) meeting ASTM D6400 standard (such as BioBags, Bag to Nature, Veg ware and Natur-Bag). These bags come in a variety of sizes, and will fit any size container from a 2 gallon counter top container to 64 gallon wheeled tote. They are available at Crosby’s, Target, Whole Foods, Amazon,etc.
No. Most cities have separate service that pick up leaves and yard waste.
No! Plastic bags are a contaminant.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. We will get back to you to reschedule a pickup for when we are next in your neighborhood.
Always keep compost carts out of the reach of pets. As organic material decomposes, mold can grow. Some forms are toxic to pets.
A decrease in the use of garbage disposals, results in water and electricity savings. Food scraps are organics, which increase Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) at our wastewater treatment plant, adding to the cost of treating our wastewater. By removing these organics, the treatment plant can function more efficiently, saving daily cost of operation while also helping marine wildlife and habitat, thus improving the quality of our estuaries and waterways.
By composting, you are turning what would otherwise be waste into a resource that can be used again. Not only is this resource valuable, but instrumental in securing a healthy local food system. When you compost with Black Earth Compost your efforts become part of a bigger, more resilient system. The finished compost is available for you to use and is used by local farms who grow food that is sold in grocery stores and restaurants, returning your nutrients to you in their most nourishing form. Not only is the big picture cool, all the microbes, bacteria, and insects that make it possible are pretty cool too! The same genus of bacteria that inhabit hot springs and deep sea thermal vents are also found in the compost pile when it’s at it’s hottest temperature.