Curbside Food Composting with Black Earth

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Residents can now enroll in the curbside compost pilot program that will run from May 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. The pilot program provides a free weekly curbside collection of food scraps and other organic materials. As part of the program, residents will receive a starter kit, including a curbside bin and compostable bin liners, and an online account to manage service. 

To be eligible for the pilot program you must be a resident that participates in Norwood's curbside collection of trash and recycling. If your residence does not have waste removal and recycling bins from the town contract with Waste Management, Inc., you are not eligible for the pilot program.

If you are not eligible, Norwood provides a free drop-off collection of food scraps at the Winter Street Recycling Center, DPW Yard, Prescott School, and Cleveland School. That option is open to all Norwood residents.  If you have questions about eligibility please email the town at

Black Earth Compost accepts a variety of materials, including meat, bones, and dairy, which are not allowed in backyard piles, food-soiled paper products, like napkins, and certified compostable serviceware. A full list of compostable materials can be found here. Black Earth mixes the material with leaves and sticks and turns it into a compost that can be returned to your garden. Participants will receive a cubic foot bag of finished compost in spring 2025.

Once you are confirmed as a participant in the compost pilot with Black Earth, questions regarding service, and pick-ups can be directed to Black Earth by email at:

To enroll in this program, please visit here.