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Boston Compost Certification Program

Do you want to keep food out of the trash and live more sustainably? Join the Boston Compost Certification Program to learn the "hows" and "whys" of composting in Boston.

  • Phone

    (617) 635-4900

  • Location

    ROOM 714

    BOSTON, MA 02201-2024

Program Overview

The City of Boston is partnering with:

  • Mass Audubon
  • Charlestown CORe Facility
  • Urban Farming Institute, and
  • the Arnold Arboretum.

Our goal is to teach residents about all things compost in Boston.

This five-day training series is held weekly from April to June.  Participants will learn about the impact of food waste on the environment and its connection to climate change. Each module will include practical knowledge, hands-on activities, and guest speakers.

We will provide materials and tools for participants as well as opportunities to support community composting projects through optional volunteer events. Be the first to take part in the Boston Compost Certification Program. You'll become a compost champion for the City of Boston!

Every participant will receive a special gift bag to get started on their compost journey.

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Course Schedule

Contact: Public Works
  • When: April 30, 2022
  • Where: Urban Farming Institute 
  • Guest Speakers: Bobby Walker and Sabrina Pilet-Jones from the Urban Farming Institute
  • Learn the benefits of different types of composting systems including aerated windrows, aerated static, and in-vessel and how to set composts suitable for apartments, houses, community gardens, and farms.
  • When: May 7, 2022
  • Where: Boston Nature Center
  • Guest Speaker: Jennifer Feller from Mass Audubon
  • Explore the living and non-living components of healthy soil. Learn about the important role soil plays as a carbon sink in the fight against climate change.

  • When: May 14, 2022
  • Where: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Guest Speaker: Conor Guidarelli from Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Tour the Arnold Arboretum and learn how compost is produced at a larger scale and how composting contributes to the restoration of soil.
  • When: Thursday, June 2nd
  • Where: Charlestown CORe Facility 
  • Tour the Charlestown CORe Facility to learn about the award-winning technology used to convert food waste into energy. You'll also learn about the differences between curbside pick and backyard composting, and the value of diverting food waste from landfills.
  • When: June 11, 2022
  • Where: Boston Nature Center
  • Celebrate the completion of the program with a tour of the City’s first net-zero municipal building, the George Robert White Environmental Education Center, a guided tour of Boston’s Leaf Composting facility, and locally-sourced, Caribbean-inspired food from Fresh Food Generation.
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