Curbside Composting

L. David Roper
22 March, 2018


Composting reduces greenhouse gases emissions since using compost on gardens and fields sequests carbon in the soil. Food waste in landfills releases methane, a very potent greenhouse gas.

10 Questions for Cities and Towns Considering Residential Curbside Composting

Guide to Apartment and Condo Composting

Examples of Curbside Composting

San Francisco, California

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Oregon

Washington, DC

University Park, MD

Marin County, CA

Austin TX

Curbside Organics Collection Pilot (Started 31 Dec 2012, now 14,000 households)

St. Paul, MN

Athens, GA

Princeton, NJ

Brattleboro, VT

Residential Project COW (Composting Organic Waste) encourages backyard composting.

New York, NY

Plans are being made.

Manchester, MA

Boston, MA

Plans are being made.

Somerville, MA

Plans are being made.

Western Michigan

Salt Lake City, UT

Curbside composting of yard waste


See for links to composing programs in several cities or regions.