Program Details

  • Pick up a yellow bucket at Media Borough Hall 
  • You must reside within Media Borough and have your trash collected by Media Borough Public Works to participate in the Food Compost Program
  • Buckets are collected curbside (where you put out your trash) every Wednesday 
  • No meat, no dairy

Media Borough's Curbside Food Waste Collection Pilot Program is the result of countless hours of volunteer work by a committed group of residents in partnership with Media Borough's Environmental Advisory Council, Kitchen Harvest, Transition Town Media, and Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

We believe a town as great as ours should be at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, so we jumped on the chance to launch a curbside food waste collection. Wanting to make sure we design a program that works for our town, we started with a one-year pilot program of 100 residents. In 2019 we expanded the pilot to 220 homes, and in 2021 we offered the program borough-wide.

In support of our efforts to determine the feasibility of a compost program for Media, the DEP awarded a contract to SCS Engineers to do a survey of small towns in the northeast with compost pickup programs. Read their Media Borough Curbside Food Scraps Collection Feasibility Report (PDF).

Curbside food waste collection works just like trash and recycling collection. On pickup day, those buckets are emptied, and the food scraps are carried off to Kitchen Harvest's on-farm composting site at Linvilla Orchards.