Compost Drop-off Station Pilot

Here's the process to register for free access to the downtown compost drop-off station: 
1) Learn the rules - What can I compost, and how? Here is the full guide:
2) Complete the 
registration form.
3) Receive the combination code in your email in 2-3 business days after we review your form.
4) Get composting! To use the station at the parking lot to Bessie Baker Park, unlock the combination lock on the bin with your code, drop up to two bags of kitchen scraps each week, lock the bin, and scramble the code.  

Curbside Food Composting

The City of Beverly's Waste Reduction Committee launched an incentivized composting program for residents and businesses with Black Earth Compost in 2015. Today, over 1,350 community members participate in this opt-in program.Compost Bin


Beverly residents have several options to enroll at any time in a curbside food compost pick-up program. The City provides the following incentives for residents who register for the first time to one of the programs listed below:

  • $20 discount on your annual trash bill ($5 discount per quarter) can be applied automatically.
  • A free countertop food scrap bin, while supplies last
  • A free, wheeled 13 gallon curbside cart (see photo) or bucket, depending on selected program


The following vendors serve Beverly:

  • Black Earth Compost
    • $91.99/year for weekly service
    • Other incentives:
      • Free finished compost upon request
      • $10 bonus for a referral
      • Optional add-ons for textile pick-up
  • City Compost (Private company, not run by the City of Beverly)
    • $5/weekly service ($260/year); $7/biweekly service (once every two weeks) ; $9/monthly service
    • $7 start-up cost for the 5-gal container
    • Other incentives:
      • Clean, lined 5-gal container is provided every week
      • Finished compost available monthly
      • Optional countertop bin is available for $3 used or $10 new
  • Bootstrap Compost
    • $11/weekly service ($572/year), or $15/biweekly service (once every two weeks)
    • Other incentives:
      • Clean, lined 5-gal container is provided every week
      • Finished compost available upon request
      • Two free pick-ups with a referral

Yard Waste (not food) Compost Site

The Yard Waste Compost Site is open for the season.

The site only accepts yard waste, brush, and branches up to 2 inches in diameter. No food. Plastic bags are unacceptable, per Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) guidelines.

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