Media Zero Waste: Curbside Composting – Part 2

“We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef

In last month’s Media Zero Waste column we announced the happy news that the Borough is launching Curbside Composting – weekly food scrap pickup starts in July, weekly yard waste pickup already started in April.  One’s a bucket, one’s a bag.  Both go to the same place – Kitchen Harvest Compost Farm, located 4 miles away at Linvilla Orchards. 

Composting is key to the goal of waste reduction and approaching the Zero Waste ideal.  Zero Waste? you ask.  What’s with Zero Waste?  That is impossible!  We are always going to have some waste! 

Closed Loop

First, Zero Waste is a goal.  It is about reducing waste in an effort to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution from extraction, manufacturing and disposal.  It imagines/promotes the idea of a circular economy in which waste has been designed out of the system, no excess is produced, and all resources are recovered and reused. 

Media residents have been recycling for years, diverting 22% of Media’s waste to reuse.  Additionally, our yard waste, which we are state-mandated to send to compost farms, recycles another 9% of waste, converting it to rich fertile soil.  Now, adding food waste to the mix brings us the opportunity to up the rate of diverted trash even more.  According to the EPA, as much as 24% of household waste is food waste.  Here in Media we have the potential of approaching a 50% waste diversion rate in the very near future.  Not Zero Waste, maybe, but getting much closer!

Program Details:

Start Date for Food Scrap collection?  Wednesday, July 7.

When can I get a yellow compost bucket?  Buckets are available starting July 1.

Where can I get a yellow compost bucket? 

  1. Media Borough Hall, 301 N. Jackson Street, 2nd Floor foyer, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  2. Media Farmers Market, Edgmont Street between Front and State Streets, Sundays in July and August, 10:00 am to 12 noon.

What can I compost?  For a list of acceptable foods, click here.

How do I compost?  Put your yellow compost bucket, filled with permitted wasted foods, out where you put your trash and recycling bins.  Public Works will collect your scraps on Wednesdays.  Have your bucket out by 6:00 am. 

Why should I compost?  For more on this, go to the EPA composting website.

I am just confused.  Help me.  During the last three years of Media’s Compost Pilot Program we have collected a fine set of FAQs.  Visit that link as well as the Borough website pages on Curbside Composting.

Send your questions about the program to