Composting

If you want to reduce the amount of trash that goes into your garbage bag, try COMPOSTING!

What is composting and why should I do it?

Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal.

Most reasons for composting fall into two categories. The first reason is the reduction of waste. The more we compost organic materials rather than throwing them away, the more landfill space is saved. This means we have less trash, fewer landfills, and save costs (i.e., taxpayer money) on trash collection because there is less to collect, transport, and dispose. The second reason is to improve the environment by improving the soil. When finished compost is added to the soil, it affects everything in the environment from water cleanliness to plant vitality.

It's easy to learn how to compost. There are a tremendous number of options for containing your compost. Some people choose to go binless, simply building a compost pile in a convenient spot on the ground. Others build bins from materials such as recycled pallets, or two-by-fours and plywood. And, of course, there are many commercial bins on the market.

Curbside Composting

Garbage to Garden is offering subscriber-based curbside composting in Bath. There is also a self-service kiosk at 4 Old Brunswick Road, Bath where residents can drop off their compostable materials for collection. The kiosk will be moving to a NEW LOCATION on August 3, 2020: it will be located at Bath Public Works (450 Oak Grove Avenue). For more information, visit, https://garbagetogarden.org/.

Order Compost Supplies

Every spring, the City offers compost bins and related items for sale. Keep an eye out on the City website and Facebook page for order forms in early spring!

450 Oak Grove Avenue
Bath,
ME
04530
Fax: 207-443-8352

Monday - Friday
Office: 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Landfill: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Director of Public Works
Lee Leiner, P.E.
Deputy Director of Public Works
Chris Wallace
Foreman
Jacob Dodge
Administrative Assistant
Michael Tucker