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?                                                                                                                 What CAN’T  I compost?

  • Fruit and vegetable peels, stems                                                                                              • Plastic wrapping or pieces on produce, staples
  • Leftover meals                                                                                                                                   • Cat and dog waste, pet feathers                                                                                                     
  • Cheese and other dairy items                                                                                                      • Grass clippings
  • Meats                                                                                                                                                     • Shredded newspaper
  • Seafood                                                                                                                                                 • Paper towels and napkins
  • Crumbs, leftover sauces and spices                                                                                        • Cardboard egg cartons and other paper-like products
  • Flowers and leaves from houseplants                                                                                     • Paper cups, plates, or cardboard covered in wax or grease
  • Toothpicks and bamboo skewers                                                                                              • Used facial tissues, cotton balls, dryer lint, wool
  • Rice and pasta                                                                                                                                     • Sticky notes and shredded paper
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags                                                                                                         • Cardboard
  • Egg shells                                                                                                                                               • Dust from sweeping the floor, sawdust
  • Seeds in fruit and vegetables, such as apple seeds and cores                                      • Campfire ashes
  • Rabbit, horse, gerbil bedding                                                                                                       • Noxious weeds (e.g. Japanese knotweed etc.) 
  • Jack-o-lanterns, holiday wreathes, pine cones, and cornstalks                                  • Human hair, pet fur

TIPS for Cleaner Composting

  • The Easton Compost Program buckets have a sealed top to keep smells and pests out, but if you want to keep dairy/meat scents out, 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! You can rinse out your buckets weekly and/or use a 10-to-1 bleach solution. You can also line your bucket with a plastic bag (we’ll toss it for you on collection days). Please do not use ‘biodegradable plastic bags’, as they appear to be trash and cause issue for pick-up.
  • 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.
  • Problems with pests? Make sure you’re keeping the lid to your bin closed, use boiling water to rinse out your bucket before cleaning with a bleach solution, and try limiting the amount of meat or seafood you’re including in your food waste until you’re in the clear.
  • Worried about smell? Try adding coffee grounds and citrus peels to the mix.

 
For more information – Contact Easton Compost Program Coordinator Miranda Wilcha at:  miranda@eastonpartnership.org