COMPOSTING / YARD WASTE
Crow Lane Municipal Compost Facility
Location: Crow Lane, Off Low Street
Open from the second Tuesday in April through the 1st Saturday in December (weather permitting)
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 am-2:30 pm
*Subject to change
- Residents may bring leaves, brush, and tree limbs up to 18” in diameter.
- Proof of residency and seasonal sticker required.
- NO wood, plastic bags, or plastic containers allowed.
- Grass clippings are recommended to stay on lawns and discouraged at the compost facility.
- Please keep brush and leaves separated.
- Compost bins and rain barrels for sale at City Hall and Yard Waste site.
Stickers can be purchased at City Hall (during regular business hours) in the Health Department until April 10th only. As of Tuesday, April 14, when the facility opens, stickers for residents will be sold ONLY at the Yard Waste Facility. LANDSCAPERS, please note: Your permits are always available ONLY at City Hall in the Health Department. Proof of residency is required to obtain the seasonal sticker for a vehicle registered to the resident. Fees are $20.00 for residents under 65 and $5 for residents 65 and over.
For more information about bagged leaf collection or the Yard Waste Facility, please contact Molly Ettenborough, Recycling and Energy Manager, at 978-499-0413.
Bagged Leaf Collection
- Bagged leaf collections will take place on the
following Saturdays: Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec 5 (2020), May 1 and May 15 (2021).
- Place leaves in brown leaf bags or loose in a marked barrel. Bags must be at the curb by 6 am and contain only leaves. Please do not overfill bags.
- Leaves will be going to a farm for composting so please keep trash out of the leaf bags.
Benefits to Recycling Leaves and Other Yard Waste
There are many benefits to recycling your leaves and grass at home, rather than putting them at the curb for collection. The benefits include:
- Adding slow-release, organic nutrients to the soil;
- Preventing nutrient runoff to county waterways by reducing the use of fast-release, non-organic fertilizers;
- Adding organic material to the soil to improve porosity resulting in reduced quantities of runoff; and
- Improving water-holding capacity of the soil to reduce the need to water the lawn or garden.
It’s easy to recycle leaves and grass. Try one of the following:
- As leaves fall, run a mulching lawn mower over your yard, chopping the leaves to a fine texture. Then, just let them stay on the grass. Chopped leaves will decompose, bringing nutrients to the soil and reducing the volume of the waste stream, and you’ll save yourself hours of hard work!
- If you cannot let the leaves remain on your yard, collect them either mulched or whole and compost them. You can build a compost bin yourself, or purchase a compost bin in which to put the leaves. After a few months, you’ll have a great (and free) soil amendment for your garden and flowers.
- Available at most hardware and garden centers, paper lawn bags are preferred at composting facilities. They recycle better than plastic bags and cause less waste during processing. The cost per bag can be more than plastic, but most people need far fewer paper bags. Even better than paper bags are reuseable containers or bins.
There’s more composting information available through several government websites:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service