Compost with us behind the Easton Public Market:
With a Spark grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the Easton Compost Program launched in July 2018 as a partnership between the City of Easton, American Biosoils, and the Greater Easton Development Partnership . We’re completing the food loop – farm to fork to farm, again.
Compost buckets are free for anyone who lives within City of Easton limits, but we ask for a $20 donation to the program for those outside of the City. Interested in registering for a bucket? Email Miranda@eastonpartnership.org for more information or see us in the parking lot behind the Easton Public Market on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Buckets are distributed on scheduled dates – first come, first served.
Top 10 reasons why we love the Easton Compost Program
10. Less garbage goes to the landfill.
9. Compost gives us healthier soil and tastier food.
8. It’s convenient. Urban dwellers and those who can’t compost on their own can use the program. No mess or turning the pile – just tip your bucket at the market.
7. It reminds us to limit our food waste even before turning to the compost bin.
6. You can compost items like meat and dairy which you might not want in compost piles at home. No need to worry about pests.
5. Composting cuts our greenhouse gas emissions/reduces our carbon footprint.
4.Come anytime, year-round. We collect compost on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, but you can utilize the permanent bins at the compost shed anytime of the day or night.
3. You get free, finished compost for your gardens and houseplants!
2. Anyone can participate. We have given away free buckets to collect food scraps, but anyone is welcomed to tip their own containers.
1. City of Easton pride! We’re thrilled to work alongside our neighbors for a cleaner, greener Easton!
“What CAN I compost in the program?”
- Fruit and vegetable peels, stems
- Leftover meals
- Cheese and other dairy items
- Crumbs, leftover sauces and spices
- Flowers and leaves from houseplants
- Toothpicks and bamboo skewers
- Rice and pasta
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Egg shells
- Seeds in fruit and vegetables, such as apple seeds and cores
- Rabbit, horse, gerbil bedding
- Jack-o-lanterns, holiday wreathes, pine cones, and cornstalks
“What CAN’T I compost?”
- Plastic wrapping or pieces on produce, staples
- Cat and dog waste, pet feathers
- Grass clippings
- Shredded newspaper
- Paper towels and napkins
- Cardboard egg cartons and other paper-like products
- Paper cups, plates, or cardboard covered in wax or grease
- Used facial tissues, cotton balls, dryer lint, wool
- Sticky notes and shredded paper
- Dust from sweeping the floor, ashes from a campfire, sawdust
- Noxious weeds (Japanese knotweed, etc.)
- Human hair, pet fur
TIPS for better composting
- The Easton Compost Program buckets have a sealed top to keep smells and pests out, but if you want to keep dairy/meat scent out from other containers, keep those scraps in a container in your fridge or freezer until it’s time to dump them on Saturdays
- Yes, your compost buckets will get dirty! We will help wipe your buckets with a paper towel on Saturdays, and that should be enough to prepare for next week’s food scraps.
- If you keep your compost bucket outside of the house, you can keep a smaller container or bowl in your kitchen. This way you can fill it while you cook, and won’t forget to save your scraps after your meal.