Town Specific Information
Reduce, Reuse and Buy Recycled
Hazardous Waste
Mercury Disposal
Brochures & Guides
School Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Related Links



Composting is the natural process of decomposition of organic material into a rich soil amendment. Composting helps to reduce the amount of organic materials being thrown out in the trash. Studies indicate that most household garbage contains about 25% organic, compostable material! Backyard composting is easy and affordable. In fact, it may save you money in the long run by reducing the amount you pay to dispose of your trash. Yard wastes such as leaves and grass clippings can be used as well as food scraps."Earth Machine" backyard composters are available to all District residents at a reduced price.  

"Composting is Easy!"
PDF file *
A simple how-to from MassDEP.

"What is Composting?"
PDF file*
A 2-page brochure on why and how to compost, from MassDEP

Learn how to compost indoors with Earthworms

Don't Trash Grass
Learn how to save time and money taking care of your lawn
* Dowload Acrobat Reader to view PDF File


Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
50 Miles Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Tel: (413) 772-2438
MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD)
Fax: (413) 772-3786
Staff email addresses  

This website is made possible through a grant from the 
USDA Rural Utilities Service.
FCSWMD is an equal opportunity provider.
Full Equal Opportunity Disclosure Statement.