Composting

A recent waste characterization study determined that food waste accounts for 40% of Natick's residential trash. Over the years, the Town of Natick has worked to help residents reduce and repurpose their food waste, and encourages residents to compost organic material at home or through a curbside composting program.

Discounts for Curbside Composting Available to All Residents

Black Earth Compost provides weekly curbside collection services in Natick for a fee of $114.99 per year. If 1,500 Natick customers enroll, the price will drop to $89.99 per year for all participants. Residents can sign up at BlackEarthCompost.com.

The Town of Natick provides participants with a free curbside composting bin and offers a 10% discount for the first year of collection services with the coupon code NEWHOMENATICK.

Black Earth Compost requires participants to line their bin or bag food waste that is within the bin using certified compostable bags. The Town partners with select Pay-As-You-Throw vendors, including Tilly and Salvy's Bacon Street Farm and Wegmans, to sell certified compostable bags at cost to residents.
Do you curbside compost with a different private hauler? Contact Natick's Sustainability Director at jwmartin@natickma.org to receive a free compost bin and a year one subscription discount.
Compost Family
Compost Curbside

Discounts for Backyard Composter Available to All Residents

Backyard composting is a simple way to produce fertilizer for your lawn and garden, while dramatically reducing your weekly household waste.

  • Compost pile can include organic materials such as table scraps, vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, egg shells, and fruit rinds, as well as lawn clippings and leaves, all break down to form earthy-smelling soil enrichment.
  • Avoid composting meat, bones, fatty foods such as cheese, grease or cooking oil, dog feces, cat litter diseased plants. Put these in the trash instead.

The Town of Natick sells home composting bins at a discount. They are lightweight, easy to assemble, and rodent proof. Each comes with composting instructions. They are made of 100% recycled detergent bottles and hold one cubic yard of material. They are available at the DPW, 75 West Street, during normal business hours.

 Bin TypeDescription Cost
 Earth MachineA traditional style bin made of recycled plastic$25.00