What is composting ? How does it work?

Composting is the controlled decomposition of organic material. Naturally occurring soil organisms recycle nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other plant nutrients as they convert the organic material into rich soil. Organic matter starts to break down when it has access to oxygen, heat, and moisture. 

Why should I compost?

Did you know that between 30-40% of most household trash is organic waste that can be composted? When it enters the municipal waste stream it will be brought to a burn energy facility or to a landfill. If it is burned we are losing valuable natural resources. In a landfill it can take years to decompose. Composting will break food down and turn it into nutritious soil within only a few months. This is a convenient, beneficial and inexpensive way to handle your organic waste and help the environment. By separating compostable organic materials from your trash, you can:

  • Save money by reducing the volume of garbage requiring disposal
  • Get free, nutrient-rich soil for your garden or lawn - compost improves soil structure, allows for better root growth, and increases the moisture and nutrient retention of the soil
  • Benefit you and your community by reducing waste and adding nutrients/moisture back to the environment

See the pages on the left-hand side for options on how to dispose of your food scraps.

Where can I compost?

Compost at home or partner with an organic waste business such as OffBeet or Mill City Grows

Order a compost machine now! (Rain barrels are available as well)

We now have a compost drop-off container for those who are enrolled in Offbeet Compost's services!

If you would like to enroll in these services, please refer to their website here.
Below is a map of where the drop-off bin is located at 1365 Middlesex St, Lowell Department of Public Works:

compost drop-off container for Offbeet Customers