One of the last steps in the 5 Rs of zero waste is rot, or composting your food scraps. Avoid placing food scraps in your trash can. Organic matter is not only wet, dense and heavy (and therefore expensive to dispose of), but it is also easily compostable.

Read our Blog: Home Composting: How to get started

“Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and mitigating the impact of droughts”. (Composting 101, NRDRC)

FACT: 30% of the weight of Massachusetts’ trash is organic. (Source: MA DEP)

Do-it-yourself with backyard composting.

Subscribe to a curbside composting pick-up service.

Coordinate with neighbors for a community backyard compost bin or curbside subscription service.

Collect food scraps and bring to Arlington’s Feed FiDO community collection bin.

Indoor composting with vermiculture composting is a great option if you have limited (or zero) outdoor space.

The bokashi bin is a Japanese system that pickles your waste (bokashi means fermentation) and is perfectly suited to small spaces. 


Say no to what you don’t need.


Avoid single-use and unnecessary items.


Switch to reusable and permanent alternatives.


Compost organic household waste.


Recycling is the last resort.