Curbside Composting

Why is Composting Important? 

Did you know that approximately 30% of Massachusetts' waste stream is made up of material that could be composted? When food waste is sent to landfills, it doesn't properly decompose and emits methane, a greenhouse gas more than 25x more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting speeds up the natural process of decomposition and creates a final product that adds nutrients, moisture, and carbon to soil!

Benefits of Composting:

  1. Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
  2. Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  3. Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.
  4. Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.


The Town of Brookline has partnered with Black Earth Compost to encourage residents to subscribe to curbside organics at a fixed price set by our agreement. 

There are currently four subscription options that Black Earth Compost offers:

Weekly PickupEvery Other Week Pickup
$59.99 / 6 months ($2.31/week)*$44.99 / 6 months ($1.73/week)
$11.99 Monthly$8.99 Monthly
Subscription options and prices for compost pickup

*Most common subscription in Brookline. If over 3,000 households sign up for collection the price will drop to $49.99/ 6 months.

To learn what you can/cannot compost as a Black Earth Compost customer, please see the Black Earth Compost Guide. The Town of Brookline is not involved in the payments for service, agreements will be directly between the resident and Black Earth Compost. Sign up for weekly service. Please be aware that Black Earth Compost does not delay service for most holidays - for more information, please visit Black Earth Compost's website

Black Earth Compost Starter Kit Incentive Program Success! 

Thanks to those of you who participated in DPW's recent incentive program! From May, 2022 to May, 2023, the DPW offered free compost starter kits (including curbside bin and liners) to all new Black Earth Compost subscribers (a savings of up to $38!). Over the course of the incentive program, participation in Black Earth Compost’s residential curbside collection program increased by 20% (over 300 households!).