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Going Net Zero with Black Earth Compost

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

In keeping with their year of Going Net Zero, Green Maynard wants to get more households in Maynard signed up with Black Earth to compost the organic waste from their homes. Food waste is the heaviest component of the waste stream and accounts for nearly 40% percent of the total volume. Residents and the town can save a great deal of money by diverting their household scraps from the trash to a compost bin.

Note: On Tuesday, September 27, at 7 pm, please join us at the Maynard Fine Arts Theatre for a screening of the documentary 2040. There you can enter our raffle for a chance to win 6 months of Black Earth Compost service.

Participating in curbside composting can help alleviate the four major environmental crises we are facing. Massachusetts landfills will be closing by 2030. The cost of waste disposal is increasing. The depletion of topsoil continues. The increasing CO2 emissions contribute to global warming. Residents can take action on these issues by subscribing to Maynard’s only commercial compost company, Black Earth Compost.

Black Earth Compost is the leading organics recycler in Massachusetts. They collect organic waste from roughly 100 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts and turn it into rich compost for use on local farms and backyard gardens. The compost can be purchased at 100 local garden centers or delivered in bulk from their Manchester, Groton, or Framingham compost sites. And each subscriber gets one bag of Black Earth compost every year.

Currently 167 households in Maynard use Black Earth Compost. The range of things that can be composted is surprising: all food waste including meat, bones, and dairy; napkins and paper towels; cardboard egg cartons and paper towel tubes; compostable tableware and pizza boxes; stove and grill ash in tied bags; pet waste from rabbit, chickens, guinea pigs, and birds; and pumpkins.

Most families subscribing to Black Earth have found that their trash is less than half what it was before they joined, and they are saving substantial money on trash stickers. And by joining Black Earth, they are reducing the volume of trash and carbon emissions.

The cost of Black Earth collection is currently $11.99 per month—or $63.99 every six months—for every-other week pick-up. For weekly pick-up, it's $14.99 per month or $80.99 for six months.

Go to for more information or to sign up for the service.

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