Community Compost Dropoff

LexSORT (Lexington Shared Organics Recovered Together) provides free compost drop-off locations throughout town. Lexington residents who register for this program can drop off household food scraps and compostable kitchen waste at no cost.


Before registering, please review the information below. Once, you have reviewed the information you can register here. There is no cost to registering, but it is required to receive the combination to the locks on the bins. The locks are there to minimize contamination, NOT to prevent anyone from taking advantage of the program.

  1. Composting with LexSORT is easy and FREE to all Lexington residents who register.
  2. Save valuable organic resources to be “recycled” as compost.
  3. Composting completes nature’s food cycle by “recycling” organic matter into a nutrient-rich soil amendment which feeds the growth of new edible plants.
  4. Organic matter, including food scraps, makes up approximately 35% of our trash. Divert food scraps from your trash, which would otherwise get incinerated. With the overall reduction in trash, another upside is the total savings of plastic trash bags being used and incinerated.
  5. Help fight climate change: Each ton of water-heavy organic waste diverted from incineration is approximately equivalent to a one-ton reduction in greenhouse gases generated.
  6. Adding finished compost to our fields and gardens decreases the need for chemical fertilizers, builds healthier and more productive soils, increases water retention, and can actually increase the level of carbon captured in the soil, again, helping to fight climate change.
  7. Help achieve environmental justice: Reduce the pollution burden experienced by people who live near the incinerators and ash landfills where our Lexington trash is disposed.
  1. Acceptable
  2. NOT Acceptable

Print this handy sheet to keep near your kitchen compost collection bin of what to compost.

  • Fruit and vegetables, peelings, pits, seeds, scraps (please remove ALL stickers, rubber bands and twist ties)
  • Eggshells, nutshells, and coconut shells
  • Rice, pasta, bread, pastries, cookies, cereal
  • Coffee grounds, paper coffee filters, teabags
  • Cut or dry flowers
  • Food-soiled paper napkins & paper towels
  • Food-soiled paper bags (great for bagging your food scraps to deposit in a LexSORT collection bin) and food-soiled newspaper (great for lining your sink-side pail at home) *Please remove all stickers and staples from paper bags. Clean newspaper and paper bags should be recycled curbside.
  • Wooden coffee stirrers, toothpicks, skewers, and popsicle sticks
  • Wine corks (real cork, not plastic)
  • BioBag brand bags and other compostable bags certified by Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), or OK Compost/TUV
  • Meat, seafood, bones; fats, grease, oils.
  • Cheese, yogurt and other dairy

Lexington Zero Waste LogoCEL_Main_Horiz-300x101LexSORT began as a pilot program run by the Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative with funding from the Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. Thank you to these community partners for starting this successful program that is now fully administered by the Town.