Lex Compost

Lexington is dedicated to composting yard waste and encouraging residents to compost food waste. Compost is important for improving or maintaining high-quality soil. Some benefits of compost and organics recycling include:

  • Increased soil health
  • Reduced pesticide and chemical use
  • Reduction in soil-borne and other plant diseases
  • Reduced emissions from landfills and incinerators
  • Compost offers a significant answer to climate change mitigation

Compost / Mulch Pick-Up

Did you know that the Lexington Department of Public Works (DPW) turns your yard waste into compost and mulch to put in your backyard? 

Pick up compost for your yard at the Composting Facility, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 3 pm. In inclement weather, please call DPW Operations at 781-274-8300 to see if the facility is open.

Normally, we sell both backyard composting bins as well as compost bins for curbside pickup of kitchen waste, but sales are currently suspended for the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Check back for more information!


  • On average, the Composting Facility receives 30% of organic waste which can be composted.
  • 2,500 households have signed up for weekly curbside compost pickup.
  • More than 1,000 of your neighbors compost in their backyard.

Composting Videos