We all win... when you use the bin!Hamilton was the first community in Massachusetts to implement a town-wide composting program 🙂 

We did it for many reasons, here are two:

  • The Compostable portion of our waste accounts for about 25% of the weight. And since we pay by the ton, every pound of compost we take over to Brick Ends Farm is money saved.
  • Everything we put in the trash is taken to a facility in Lawrence and burned. The wet garbage takes the most energy to burn, and it adds significantly to carbon emissions.

Green 13 gallon toterEach eligible property should have one official 13 Gallon Compost Container and one kitchen counter collection container.
If you don’t have one, please visit the DPW office on the second floor of Town Hall.

Each week, when your regular trash is picked up, a separate truck will collect your organic waste (aka garbage). It’s taken to Brick Ends Farm here in Hamilton, and turned into an Premium Organic Compost, and Loam Compost Mix. In exchange, Brick Ends Farm delivers compost to the DPW yard behind Town Hall, where it’s available for pick-up by Hamilton residents only. (NO CONTRACTORS video surveillance in use behind Town Hall). We are allowed two-5 gallon pails per household.

You can compost a lot more than just kitchen scraps in your curbside compost bin. Here’s a breakdown of what’s acceptable:

Low-Grade Paper Kitchen Scraps
Tissues Lobster/crab Shells (no Clam / Oyster shells)
Paper towels & napkins Fruit & Vegetable scraps, including pits and seeds
Paper towel / toilet paper rolls Meat & Fish, including bones
Greasy Pizza boxes, wet or waxed cardboard Dairy Products
Paper Chinese food container (all metal removed) Bread, rolls
Small paper items, pill bottle boxes, Egg shells
paper price tags, etc Chopsticks and wooden stir sticks
Paper wrapping paper Coffee grounds and paper filters
Tissue paper Loose tea and tea bags
Chinet (plain paper plates and bowls) (no tea bag wrappers or plastic)


Here’s what is not allowed in your curbside compost bin.

Please No      
Plastic of any kind, including plastic bags   Styrofoam
Plastic-coated paper plates, cups or   Plastic or metal utensils (forks, knives &
other items   spoons)
Popcorn bags   Sugar packets
Liquids, including cooking oil or grease   Milk or juice containers
Dryer lint   Foil or metal
Tape   Biohazards
Diapers or sanitary items   Soap
Dog Waste   Fabric
String   Plastic or nylon twine
Construction debris   Clam / Oyster shells

You may line your container with newspapers, use paper bags to contain the waste or use BPI certified compostable bags.

Organic waste must be placed curbside inside your 13 gallon organic waste container.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.)

You may use paper bags or a compostable bag certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (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

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.

Glad and NaturBag are two of many manufacturers.

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

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.