Skip Navigation

Detail Detail

New Residents Links
View Meeting Videos
This table is used for column layout.
More Citizen Action Center
Citizen Action Center
  • Pay Bills Online
  • Contacts Directory
  • Hours of Operation
  • Forms & Documents
  • Town Meeting
Hamilton MA on Facebook
Hamilton MA on Twitter
Organic Waste Program
Compost availability Update : Compost is no longer available for this year.
Compost is available at the Wenham Department of Public Works Garage located at 91 Grapevine Ave. Wenham MA for Hamilton and Wenham residents only 

The yard is open Monday - Friday from 7 am until 3 pm and the 1st Saturday of each month from 8 am until noon for residents to pick up compost.  

The yard is closed all holidays and other weekends.


Starting in April 2012, the Town of Hamilton began picking up organic waste curbside weekly from all households.  

The Town issued one official 13 Gallon Compost Container and one kitchen counter collection container per eligible property.  The 13 Gallon Organic Waste Container has the MassDEP’s hot stamped on the side.

For residences, businesses and private roads that share driveways and trash pick up sites it is strongly recommended that you mark your containers with an identifier easy for you to see and hard to remove so that your containers do not get confused with your neighbors.  (Street No., etc.)

The questions and answers below contain information on how the program works.  

Where can I get free compost for my garden?

Compost is available to residents of both Hamilton and Wenham ONLY at:  

91 Grapevine Road, Wenham (DPW Garage)
Availability:           7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily Monday through Friday        &
                                8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the 1st Saturday of every month
Residents may pick-up only one cubic yard at one time (3’ X 3’ x 3’).  If you have any questions, please call the Wenham Highway Department at (978) 468-5520 extension 6.  

What type of bags can I use in my kitchen counter or 13 gallon containers keep them clean?
You may use paper bags or a compostable bag certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

What is BPI?
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is a not-for-profit association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia. For more information visit 

How can I tell if a bag is approved for use in my compost container?
To ensure that the products you buy and use are truly compostable, look for the BPI logo to provide assurance of compost ability or biodegradability.     

What companies currently manufacture BPI Certified Bags?
Glad and NaturBag are two of many manufacturers.

Where can I buy compostable bags for my compost container?
We hope they will be available soon at Crosby’s Market in Hamilton and Dawson’s True Value in Beverly.   They are available on-line today.

What if I have more organic waste than will fit in my 13 gallon container?
You may purchase additional 13 gallon waste containers at the Hamilton Town Hall.  Please do NOT put additional waste in paper bags next to your organic waste container.   They will NOT be picked up.

Will you take grass clippings with my organic waste?

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Town of Hamilton, 577 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01936   FAX: (978) 468-2682