What can go in the organic waste container?

Where to get BPI certified compostable bags for organic waste

How to keep critters out of your compost bin

Where can I get free compost for my garden?

Compost availability update : Compost is available for pick-up behind Town Hall two-5 gallon pails per household. Open to Hamilton residents only. NO CONTRACTORS video surveillance in use

Organic Bins

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.)

What type of bags can I use in my kitchen counter or 13 gallon containers to 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 www.bpiworld.org 

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?

Crosby’s Market in Hamilton and Aubuchon Hardware in North Beverly.

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?

No.