Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop off residential food scraps to be made into compost. There are currently 15 locations throughout Boston. You can find more information below about where the compost bins are located and what you can put into the bins.
The City of Boston partners with Black Earth Composting for the food waste collection of these Project Oscar bins. Black Earth collects the food scraps and brings them to their composting sites in Manchester, Groton, and Framingham, MA. The food waste is converted into a nutrient rich compost, which is then sold in bags to garden centers around New England, as well as in bulk to farmers and gardeners! Black Earth's mission is to keep food scraps in the food chain.
List of locations
East Boston, at Memorial Stadium Park, adjacent to the playground on Thompson Drive - NEW LOCATION AS OF 9/15/2023
Brighton, at Boston Green Academy, 20 Warren Street, Brighton.
North End, in the Nazzaro Center parking lot on North Bennet Street.
Roxbury, at the Egleston Square Library on Columbus Ave
Mission Hill, at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street
Roslindale, at the Municipal lot on Taft Hill Terrace
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, at 1 City Hall Square, Boston.
Charlestown, on Austin Street, in the parking lot of the 99 Restaurant
South Boston, at 450 West Broadway Street
Dorchester, at the Hero Hope Garden, 424 Geneva Ave
South End, at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont Street
Hyde Park, at 1234 Hyde Park Ave
Dorchester, at the Codman Square library, 690 Washington Street
What you can compost with Project OscarWhat you can compost
- Fruit and vegetable scraps, peelings, pits, and seeds
- Eggshells and nutshells
- Rice, pasta, cereal
- Bread, pastries, cookies
- Coffee grounds and coffee filters
- Cut or dry flowers
- Napkins, paper towels, paper plates
- Cardboard take-out containers
- Wine corks
- Wooden coffee stirrers
- Compostable plastics and bags
- Meat, fish, bones
- Dairy products
- Fats, grease, oils
- Pet waste
- Yard waste (Find your leaf and yard waste collection schedule)
- Cigarette butts
- Dryer lint, dryer sheets
- Plastic bags
Project Oscar Locks
Project Oscar bins can be used to compost personal food scraps by anyone who lives in Boston. Starting in September 2023, the City of Boston will be piloting new locked bins at three sites: Dorchester (Hero Hope Garden), East Boston, and South End.
- Open the small lock cover on the top of the bin
- Press I and II (at the same time)
- Press IV
- Turn the lever
- Open the lid and dispose of your food scraps!
- Please make sure to close the lid and the lock covering after using the bin; thank you!