Composting Program at the Carlisle Transfer Station

(For Carlisle residents with current Transfer Station Stickers Only)

Carlisle began accepting “organics” (food scraps and other compostable materials) at the Transfer Station on June 4, 2019, under contract with Black Earth Compost.  Black Earth Compost is a Massachusetts-based company dedicated to the sustainable processing of compostable materials into soil enriching compost. Organic material is collected in specially marked, Black Earth Compost totes during normal Transfer Station operating hours:

Tuesdays 10:00AM-7:00PM

Thursdays 10:00AM-7:00PM

Saturdays 8:00AM-5:00PM

See below for the list of Compostable and Not Compostable materials for the Black Earth program.

The full downloadable list is available HERE.

Additional information and a helpful FAQ can be found HERE.


To ensure a successful program, please read and follow these important guidelines. Residential scraps can be deposited in the green Black Earth totes located in the covered Automotive Waste area, directly from your home storage unit. If you use bags to line your storage container, the bags must be certified biodegradable. The following products are acceptable by Black Earth: BioBags, EcoSafe, Bag to Nature, Biotuff and Natur-Bag. They are available at Crosby’s, Whole Foods, Target, and Amazon.


State waste audits reveal that discarded food scraps make up approximately 30-40% of solid waste sent to incinerators or landfills in Massachusetts. By removing food scraps from your solid waste, you’ll be helping to make significant reductions in Carlisle’s solid waste tonnage, save the town money in disposal fees, and help the environment by reducing Carlisle’s carbon footprint to mitigate the climate crisis.