The Town of Lexington Curbside Compost Pilot
The Town of Lexington is happy to announce the launch of a curbside composting pilot program. The program will allow 2,000 Lexington households to sign up for curbside pickup of food waste and other compostable items at no cost. With compostable waste making up 35% of Lexington’s waste stream, this pilot is a critical step in reducing waste in our community.
Sign-ups will open on May 17th and are first-come, first-served. If you are one of the first 2,000 to sign up you will begin service under the pilot program on July 1st and new Black Earth composters will receive a starter kit that includes a Lexington sealed curbside bin, a countertop container, and liners for both the bin and countertop container. Bins can be picked up at the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building (201 Bedford Street). If you are not among the first 2,000 Lexington households to sign up, you can go on the waitlist for possible future expansions and/or enroll in a paid service plan.
The program is currently funded for one year—from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. There is the possibility of extension and expansion of the pilot after the first year pending additional funding. The Town is hosting a launch event for the pilot program on May 16th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Town Offices with a Zoom option available. At the event, you can learn more about the rollout of the pilot program in advance of the sign-ups opening on the 17th. Launch Event Details.
HOW TO CURBSIDE COMPOST
1. Line Your BiN OR COUNTERTOP CONTAINER
2. Sort your Food Scraps
3. Put The bin on the curb
6. Manage Service with Your Online Account
- Check the status of your pickup
- Order compostable bags and compost products
- Report a missed pickup
- Change your service address
- View your environmental impact
- Cancel service
7. Get FINISHED COMPOST
SIGN UP HERE
How long is the pilot? The program is currently funded for one year—from July 1, 2023 to June 31, 2024. There is the possibility of extension and expansion of the pilot after the first year, pending additional funding.
Who can sign up? Any Lexington household that can be served by Black Earth Compost is eligible to sign up for the pilot program. We can work with households living in condominiums or multifamily housing. It will need to be in a location our drivers can spot and drive to easily. The program is first-come, first-served, and only the first 2,000 households will be accepted into the program. The Town will maintain a waitlist.
What if I am already paying for curbside compost pickup? If you are currently paying for curbside compost service through Black Earth, you must sign up for the pilot through your online account if you would like your subscription cost to be covered as part of the program. If you are not among the first 2,000 to sign up, you will continue to be charged by Black Earth for the service. If you are currently paying for curbside compost service through a provider other than Black Earth, you can still sign up for the Town program. You would then cancel your existing subscription and enroll with Black Earth at no cost.
What if I am not accepted but still want to start composting? You can pay for curbside service through Black Earth Compost and/or join the waiting list for the pilot program in case a spot opens up or the pilot is expanded. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the LexSORT drop off locations or start composting at home.
Will I get a bin when I sign up? All new Black Earth customers will receive a free starter kit, which includes a 13-gallon curbside bin, a countertop bin, and liners for both the bin and countertop container. Starter kits can be picked up from the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building (201 Bedford Street).
Do I need bin liners? Bin liners are strongly recommended as they will help keep your bin clean. After the first roll of liners is provided in the starter kit, pilot participants are responsible for securing their own liners. All liners must be certified compostable by Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), or TUV. Liners can be purchased through Black Earth in the shop section of your online account, but you are not required to purchase liners through Black Earth. Doubled-up brown paper bags can also be used as a liner when the temperature is above freezing
Why Participate in Curbside Food Scrap Collection
35% of household waste is compostable. In your curbside bucket, you are able to include more than you can in a backyard system, including meat, dairy, bones, and certified compostable serviceware because the material is taken to one of our industrial compost facilities. By diverting these scraps from the landfill, where they would generate methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, or be incinerated, they are instead turned into nutrient-rich compost that is used to improve soil and plant health on local farms and backyard gardens while also drawing down carbon from the atmosphere.