About the Home Composting Program

The City of Somerville is now offering a Tumbler composter to residents for a cost of $90. Not only does the Tumbler allow residents to reduce food waste and create rich soil, its design keeps compost material away from rodents.

The City of Somerville is now offering a Tumbler composter to residents for a cost of $90. Not only does the Tumbler allow residents to reduce food waste and create rich soil, its design keeps compost material away from rodents.


The Tumbler composter features a large compost chamber that sits on top stand legs and can be rotated (or 'tumbled') with hand grips.Description (from Home Depot):

This unique tumbling composter features two chambers fill one side, while the other side cures, making it easy to efficiently convert your kitchen and yard waste into rich soil enhancing compost. Just load it up, close the sliding door and use the convenient built- in hand holds to give it a turn every couple days and see how it produces finished compost in weeks. The tumbling composter is made with recycled, UV inhibited, black plastic which absorbs heat and is designed to be rodent-proof. Help divert waste from landfill or costly processing and turn your own organic waste into compost in your own backyard.

  • Easy turn barrel with convenient built-in hand holds
  • Made from durable, UV resistant plastic with recycled content and includes a strong steel frame, which will last for many years
  • Adjustable air vents
  • Rodent resistant
  • Space efficient size with 5 cu. ft. or 140 liter capacity
  • Made in North America

Compost bins  are available for purchase at the DPW, 1 Franey Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You need to pay $90.00 either by check or money order in the name of "City of Somerville." We cannot accept cash.