Compost Site

Welcome to the Manchester Compost Site, now managed by Black Earth Compost. Black Earth will produce a high-quality compost using the food scraps collected curbside each week, as well as brush and yard debris dropped off at the compost site at 197 School Street. Finished compost will be available to the town's residents in the spring. We invite you to say hello and ask questions when you visit the site.

Accepted Materials

NEW THIS YEAR  To ensure a high-quality compost product, please separate yard waste into three categories:  Brush, Yard Debris without grass, and Yard Debris with grass.

Brush:
Branches and Twigs
Woody Trimmings
Christmas Trees

No Wreaths (unless the metal wire has been removed)
No Rounds (place in separate Log/Firewood area)

Yard Debris with or without grass:
It can be difficult to separate grass from other yard debris. If you cannot, just put it all in the 'With Grass' section. If you can separate the grass, or you don't have any, please use the 'Without Grass' section.

Please, no brush in either section.

Examples of Yard Debris:

  • Leaves
  • Evergreen Needles
  • Soil
  • Annuals, Flowers, Vegetables
  • Weeds
  • Non-Woody plants
  • Paper bags for yard waste collection (please rip open or empty at site if possible) 

Compost for Residents

The compost available for residents in the spring of 2017 was produced and screened by the Town in 2016. Look for signs to find the pile where you can shovel it into your own containers. We have analyzed this compost for common heavy metals as well as its nutrient and physical profile. The compost that we make this year will be available next spring for residents.

Location

The Town's Compost Site is located next to the Medical Building at 197 School Street. 

Hours of Operation

The compost site is open April to December, weather permitting.  Please note the Open/Closed sign at the entrance to the compost site.  If the sign says Closed, please do not continue up to the site even if the chain is down. 

  • Tuesday:     9am to 3pm
  • Thursday:   9am to 3pm
  • Saturday:  9am to 3pm
  • Sunday:       9am to 3pm