Composting Workshop & Compost Bin Raffle on June 23

Did you know that organic waste (compostable paper, food & yard waste) makes up one quarter of the municipal solid waste stream in Massachusetts, according to MassDEP. Food waste is the greatest contributor to this unnecessary trash that is sent to incinerators around Massachusetts, and this wastefulness costs huge amounts of energy, money and valuable resources.

The City of Melrose’s own Roosevelt Elementary School is actively working to reduce its waste, in part through composting. The school currently hosts an active composting demonstration site, including several styles of composting bins that are also well-suited to suburban backyards. These composters turn material from the school garden, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps from school lunch, into compost that is used on the school garden.

If you are interested in learning more about how to compost in your own backyard, as well as some background on the school composting initiative at the Roosevelt school, you’re invited to attend a free workshop facilitated by City of Melrose’s Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown.

On Saturday, June 23 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm come learn the basics of composting in “Composting 101.” This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to successfully transform your kitchen and/or yard waste into nutrient-rich soil, including:

  1. Identifying a compost system that meets your unique needs (including various outdoor and indoor options)
  2. Learning the basic techniques for managing your compost system
  3. Troubleshooting common compost troubles
  4. Utilizing your compost to maximize its beneficial properties for plants

This workshop will take place outside and include time for Q&A. As an added bonus, one Earth Machine (backyard compost bin) will be raffled off to a lucky workshop participant.

To register for this workshop, please fill out the form linked here or go to

Stay tuned for additional composting workshops to come later this year. Please contact or call 781-665-0142 with any questions.