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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. This 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.

Lock combination
If you are looking to get the lock combination for our bins in East Boston or the North End, please take our survey. At the end of the survey, we'll have instructions for how to find the combination.
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Project Oscar map

Map of Project Oscar composting bins in Boston.
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List of locations

This pilot program currently has five 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, across from the Wax Museum

How to compost with Project Oscar

Project Oscar bins can be used to compost personal food scraps by anyone who lives in Boston. All bins are unlocked (except East Boston and the North End) and open to residents for use at any time.

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 five locations

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