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Community Garden Compost Requests

The City of Boston’s Public Works Department provides compost to community gardens at no cost. 

We are no longer dropping off compost for the 2023 summer season. Please visit this page in April of 2024 to request compost for the 2024 growing season. The request deadline will be May 1, 2024. 

  • Have questions? Contact 311:

  • 1 city hall square, room 714

    Boston, MA 02201

About the Program

Compost is a key part of the City's goal of achieving zero waste. Our compost is made from leaf and yard waste collected locally from Boston residents.

Benefits of compost

By using compost instead of commercially purchased fertilizer, you are:

  • helping to recycle organic matter
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and
  • helping Boston reach its climate and sustainability goals. 

Gardeners will have the option of picking up compost themselves or having it delivered. If you would like the compost to be delivered, please make sure to be as detailed as possible with form responses. 

You or another member of your organization MUST make sure that drivers have access to your gardens (gates are unlocked, no cars blocking the driveway, etc.) If drivers must leave the compost on the sidewalk outside of the garden, someone must meet the driver, and the compost must be moved into the garden within 24 hours. 

If you have any questions or would like help filling out the form, please call 3-1-1.

  • Have questions? Contact 311:

  • 1 city hall square, room 714

    Boston, MA 02201
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