Is Composting Important?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps account for 14% of the 250 million tons of waste Americans produced in 2010. Yard trimmings account for 13%. Adding the estimated 6% of paper that is not recyclable, 33% of our municipal waste stream is compostable. Composting is a powerful method to reduce household waste Composting creates jobs and a natural, nutrient-rich soil enhancer (and alternative to synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers) while conserving landfill space and reducing the amount of climate-changing gases generated in landfills.
Residents can now purchase transfer stickers online as well as in person at 125 Locust Street.
Residential Composting Options and Rules
- The Locust Street Transfer Station offers free food scrap and compostable material drop-off. Food and non-recyclable paper waste is collected at the Locust Street Transfer Station free of charge to everyone with a valid vehicle permit. The material is processed at a local farm where it turns into a rich, natural soil amendment. Click here for Details about the items accepted in the Locust Street program.
- Outdoor compost bins and counter-top collection buckets for backyard and household composting are available at wholesale or reduced prices via the DPW.
- Some residential waste haulers offer curbside compost collection.
- Yard and leaf waste is banned from household trash by order of the Commonwealth.
Business and Industry Composting
A statewide food waste ban, effective 10/1/2014, affects organizations and industries producing one ton or more of food scraps per week.
Recycling Works is a statewide recycling assistance program which helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities. Contact their hotline to speak to in-house experts: call (888) 254-5525 or email for more information.