Concord Public Works manages a drop-off program for yard waste recycling that is open to all Concord residents. Compost and wood chips made from collected yard waste are available as well, free of charge to all Concord residents.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has banned the disposal of yard waste at all landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts, so no resident should be disposing of yard waste, in any amount, with their regular trash. Some private haulers may provide separate curbside collection service for yard waste. Concord's municipal collection program does not collect yard waste at the curb.
Drop Off Location
Composting Site, located on Walden Street (route 126), just across Route 2, on your left before you reach Walden Pond.
Dates & Hours
Open on Saturdays, beginning with the first Saturday in April through the second Saturday in December (weather permitting)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In continuation of a pilot program the compost site is also open on Wednesday afternoons from 3 - 5:30 PM.
Rakeable materials may be placed in paper leaf bags or barrels. If residents choose to use plastic bags they must empty contents from bags and take empty plastic bags home for proper disposal.
Charge / Additional Notes
Leaves, grass, and other rake able yard wastes
Brush and branches less than 4-foot wide and 4-inches long
$5 per carload, more for larger amounts. Payment is by check only.
Branches over 4-foot by 4-inches are not accepted.
Christmas Trees, the Composting Site is open for Christmas tree recycling on designated dates in January, for more details visit the Christmas Tree Recycling page.
Invasive Species may be disposed of at the Landfill, please see attendant for specified location.
Concord Public Works sells compost bins for home composting of leaves, grass, and food scraps. Visit the Backyard Composting page for details.
Note: "Compost Happens" - nasturtiums thriving in the Paint Shed window box (picture, left) at the Composting Center, in the window is a reflection of compost piles made of leaves brought by town residents.
Free Compost and Wood Chips
Concord residents may pickup up free compost and wood chips made from Concord yard waste whenever the Composting Site is open. Bring your own shovel and barrels or other containers.