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EPA infographic on composting - one-third of food we produce and buy gets thrown into landfills every year

Composting 101

Home Composting

What is Composting?

Composting is a controlled process of decomposition of organic materials. Naturally occurring soil organisms recycle nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other plant nutrients as they convert the material into humus.

Benefits of Composting
Composting is a convenient, beneficial, and inexpensive way to handle your organic waste and help the environment.   It will:

  • Reduce the volume of garbage requiring disposal
  • Save money for you and your community in reduced soil purchases and reduced local disposal costs
  • Enrich the soil. Using compost adds essential nutrients, improves soil structure, which allows better root growth, and increases moisture and nutrient retention in the soil. Plants love compost!

Get started with one of our EarthMachine Composters, now back in stock!

Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP’s) website to view the complete Home Composting Guide, which explains the elements of a good compost pile, how to make a compost pile, and also the different types of composting bins.

Don’t Trash The Grass!

Did you know that a 1/2 acre lawn in New England produces over 3 ton or nearly 260 bags of grass clippings each year? Think of all the time, money, and effort it would take to bag all those clippings. Why go through all that hassle when it’s really not necessary?

Please view the complete brochure Don’t Trash The Grass - MA Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information:
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

US Environmental Protection Agency

from Gloucester, MA website.

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CLOSED Thursday July 21 due to excessive heat.

Its been too many days of excessive heat and humidity. We will NOT be open on Thursday, July 21 or open for volunteer hours on Friday, July 22. We plan to be open again on Tuesday, July 26. Stay safe!