Project Oscar is the City of Boston's community composting program. It is made possible by a collaboration between the Department of Public Works, the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Large containers, resembling trash barrels, are made available for people to dispose of their household organic waste 24/7. Removing organic waste from the trash stream is a step towards closing the resource loop on our food system, and it also can keep kitchen trash free of pests and odors. The pilot program was started in 2014 with bins in East Boston and North End. In addition to the 2 existing bins, Project Oscar is expanding to Brighton, Grove Hall, and Jamaica Plain in fall 2015. 

*UPDATE* - Project Oscar has arrived on City Hall Plaza. Click here to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in participating in Project Oscar! How do I get started?

1. Review the guidelines for what can and cannot be placed in Project Oscar bins. Information from the Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives can be found here.

2. Take the Project Oscar survey quiz to test what you know. Click here to take the compost quiz.Chiefs

3. Separate items in your home that can be placed in the Project Oscar bins into a separate bag to be transported to the community bins.
PLEASE NOTE: plastic bags ARE NOT compostable - please do not place in the bin. Freezing organic waste is a good way to store compost until it can be taken to Project Oscar bins.

4. Find the bin (map below) closest to a place that you live, work, or visit often, and start composting!

5. If you have any more questions, email oscar@boston.gov

Where can I compost?

None of those locations are convenient for me. What can I do to participate?

Read more about the many ways to compost in the City by reading this blog post, linked here, and please email oscar@boston.gov to tell us where you'd like to see the next bins!

How can I get my business to start composting?

Find out more information about business recycling and composting services on a previous blog post, linked here.

Where is the compost taken?

Material is taken to a transfer point downtown, and then hauled to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus. Learn more about their operations here.

Why is the City doing this?

The City of Boston is eager to explore the many ways we can collectively reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Composting does many things, including: reduces methane emissions from organic waste decomposing in landfills, returns valuable nutrients to soil, stabilizes soil and reduces runoff, keeps kitchens (and bags of trash on the street!) free of pests and odors, and turns food waste into a valuable resource.

Additionally, exploring the benefits of curbside composting is a strategy in the City of Boston's Climate Action Plan. Learn more about compost in the Climate Action Plan here.


Learn more by reading all of our blog posts and pages related to compost.


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