Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently announced the debut of a pilot program that will allow Boston residents to drop off compostable food scraps for free at three city farmers’ markets. The pilot program is Boston’s first public composting program and is similar to drop-off programs in New York City and Cambridge, which have helped set the stage for larger scale composting opportunities to transform collected scraps into fertile soil for use in commercial and personal farming and gardening projects.

“Residents have made it clear that they support a healthier, cleaner Boston that supports local agriculture, healthy food and waste reduction,” Mayor Menino said. “This pilot will show residents how separating food scraps from trash is better for the environment and our bottom-line.”

What’s compostable? 

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Non-greasy food scraps (e.g., rice, pasta, bread and cereal)
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells, nutshells and pits
  • Cut and dried flowers
  • House plants and potted soil

What’s not compostable:

  • Meat, chicken, fish or dairy
  • Greasy food scraps, fat or oil
  • Animal waste or litter
  • Bedding and clothes
  • Coal or charcoal
  • Infested plants or soil

Click here to read the New York Times story on New York City’s program.