Lexington Composting Facility

60 Hartwell Avenue (map)



May 30 - June 30
Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July 1 - September 6
Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In inclement weather, please call DPW Operations at 781-274-8300 to see if the facility is open. The facility is closed on legal holidays.


Curbside collection of yard waste will begin the week of April 13 – 18 and will run on an every other week schedule through the summer.

Dropoff Services:

CAN be dropped off:

  • yard waste
  • brush
  • cardboard
  • scrap metal
  • bicycles
  • textiles
  • books

CANNOT be dropped off:
Mercury bearing items such as:

  • thermostats
  • thermometers
  • sump pumps
  • compact and fluorescent bulbs
  • rechargeable NI-Cad batteries


  • NO purchase and pick-up of compost bins at Hartwell. Ave.
  • NO paper shredding event on April 25
  • We have suspended the dropoff of mercury-bearing items, as they require staff assistance


Available at the upper area at Hartwell:

  • Drop off of yard waste and brush
  • Pick up of loam, compost, bark and leaf mulch and other materials.

Yard waste permits and punch card:

  • NOT being sold at 201 Bedford Street until further notice
  • Pick up a permit application packet outside the compost site office
  • Drop off completed yard waste permit application in drop off box

If you have any questions please call 781-274-8300 and press 1.


For Lexington residents:

For Lexington businesses:

For contractors:


Yard Waste Drop Off

Please do not include invasive plants such as Asiatic Bittersweet and Burning Bush in your yard waste.


Bag them with your trash, or use another disposal method.

Find out more about invasives and how to identify them.

Lexington residents may drop off yard waste in biodegradable bags or brought in containers and dumped at the facility. Containers must be removed after dumping.

Approved yard waste for dropoff includes:

  • leaves
  • grass clippings
  • dead flowers or plants
  • wood chips
  • hedge clippings
  • pine needles
  • brush 4 inches or less in diameter - these should be left at the brush pile


There are 3 large bins for cardboard recycling, which can take oversized, flattened cardboard.

waste shedItems containing mercury

Residents can drop off the following mercury containing products at the Waste Shed:

  • themometers
  • thermostats
  • fluorescent bulbs
  • compact fluorescent bulbs
  • button cell batteries
  • nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries
  • switches containing mercury
  • manometers

Scrap Metal

A variety of scrap metal items will be accepted in the recycling area, including:

  • antennas
  • bed frames
  • bikes
  • curtain rods
  • fans
  • gas grills 
    (propane tank must be removed)
  • charcoal grills 
  • gutters
  • ladders
  • railings
  • pipes
  • pots and pans
  • screen doors
  • shelves
  • signs
  • sinks
  • swing sets
  • toasters
  • wheelbarrows

Large appliances listed in the trash guidelines must be scheduled for curbside collection and will not be accepted at the drop off area.

Car Batteries

Car batteries can be left beside the Waste Shed.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks can be left beside the Waste Shed.


There is a bin where you can recycle clothes, shoes, linens and other textiles. See the full list of items you can recycle here. Note this is a for-profit organization which pays the town by the ton for this material.


Bicycles in any condition can be left at the Bike container. Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit, takes these bicycles.

Books, CDs, DVDs and video games

There is a bin for donations. More Than Words, a local nonprofit, collects these.

Retirement of U.S. Flags

Place your worn out flag in this flag retirement box and it be respectfully disposed of.