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Last updated: 6/13/18

Project Oscar

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24-hour community compost pilot program.

Named after the Sesame Street character, Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop-off residential food scraps for composting. Our bins are emptied by the Public Works team, and managed by Greenovate Boston. This partnership project is a pilot program, so we appreciate feedback about how it's going.

Interested in taking part in the program? You can find more information below about where the compost bins are located, and what you can put into the bins.

Have questions about Project Oscar?

Please email us at, or call us 617-635-3850.

Project Oscar map

List of locations

This pilot program currently has six* community compost bins. They are located at these locations:

  • East Boston, on the Lewis Mall across from Maverick Station MBTA stop
  • North End, in the Nazzaro Center parking lot on North Bennet Street
  • Brighton, at Faneuil Gardens Apartments in the west parking lot across from McKinney Playground
  • Jamaica Plain, in the parking lot of the Curtis Hall Community Center at 20 South Street
  • City Hall Plaza, on Fisher Park near the Bill Russell Statue and food truck vending area
  • Grove Hall Plaza, off of Blue Hill Avenue next to Flames restaurant

How to compost with Project Oscar

Project Oscar bins can be used to compost personal food scraps by anyone who works or lives in Boston. All bins are unlocked and open to the public for use at any time.

This is an ongoing pilot program. The data we collect from participants like you will help improve and grow the project in the future.

Here's how to participate:
  1.  Review what can and can't be composted with Project Oscar (below)
  2.  Test your Project Oscar-specific composting knowledge with our short quiz
  3.  Start composting at one of our six locations (below)

What you can compost with Project Oscar

These items CAN be composted
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps, peelings, pits, and seeds
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Rice, pasta, cereal
  • Bread, pastries, cookies
  • Coffee grounds and coffee filters
  • Teabags
  • Cut or dry flowers
  • Napkins, paper towels, paper plates
  • Cardboard take-out containers
  • Wine corks
  • Wooden coffee stirrers
  • Compostable plastics and bags
Items we don't take in our bins