Composting FAQs

What is compost?

Compost is a dark, nearly odorless matter produced through the controlled decomposition of organic materials, both plant and animal. It is an essential component of the soil used for supporting plant life. In addition to nutrients nutrients, compost provides aeration, moisture retention, and a biodiversity of microorganisms that enrich plant growth. It also helps prevent soil erosion.

What is composting?

Composting is a method of controlled decomposition of organic materials to produce compost. Through various composting techniques, we can compost faster than may occur naturally, with few odors, and without attracting unwanted pests. The simplest way to compost is to put layers of ‘greens’ (food scraps, green grass clippings, fresh manure) and ‘browns’ (dry leaves, brown grass clippings, dirty paper) into the compost bin. Start with a layer of born and cover each layer of green with more brown. This will help reduce unwanted critters and smells. More detailed information on composting is available through the Cornell Waste Management Institute and the City of Newton.

Where can I get a composting bin?

It is not difficult to build your own composting bin and instructions are available on the internet. Also, any different types of composting bins are available for sale in stores and on the internet. Here in Newton, the city offers two styles of composting bins plus kitchen scrap collection buckets. For more info visit

To purchase a bin, Newton residents can stop by City Hall during open hours (cash and personal checks only). Once purchased, you will receive a receipt and you will pick up your bin at the Rumford Ave Resource Recovery Facility in Auburndale. Check out the Brave New Composter, $55, plus tax and Earth Machine, $43, plus tax.

Where can I find a composting service for my home?

The following services will provide compost buckets each week and pick them up leaving a fresh one for the following week. Click HERE for a list.