Composting Program

Compost Mound at the Residential Drop Off Center in Front of Winter Sand Pile

The City of Worcester has the largest municipal composting program in Massachusetts from its leaf and yard waste collection. Compost, available to city residents free of charge at the Residential Drop-Off Center, makes clay soils porous so they drain better and improves sandy soils moisture retaining capacity. Adding compost increases organic matter which provides food for microorganisms, balances pH (acidity/alkalinity) of soil and helps to build sound root structure for plants. Additional benefits include reduced plant stress from drought and freezing, improved vitamin and mineral content in food and a greatly reduced need for petrochemical fertilizers.

Composting at Home

The Department of Public Works offers compost bins for home use to Worcester residents. The "Earth Machine" composter costs $45.00 and can be purchased by appointment. 

Payment is by exact cash or check only. No refunds or exchanges for the Compost Bin/Earth Machine.

Please call 508-929-1300 x50112 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Once an appointment is made, bins can be picked up at 1065 Millbury Street.

Compost at the Residential Drop-Off Center

Compost is also offered to Worcester residents free of charge at the Residential Drop-Off Center. The drop-off center has a permanent compost pickup area. The center is located at 1065 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA.

Compost pick up is available during the following times (proof of residency is required):


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency's complete guide to composting at home
  • USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • MassDEP - Information about composting and organics

Contact Information

Department of Public Works
20 East Worcester Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-929-1300
Fax: 508-799-1448
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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