Kittery Kitchen Composting

The Town of Kittery, in partnership with Kittery Climate Action Now (KCAN) is making it easy for residents to turn more than 25% of trash, into clean, garden-ready soil. Kittery residents can now bring food scraps, compostable plastics, and other kitchen waste to the compost collection bin at the Kittery Resource Recovery Facility. The new service provides an easy, free way for KRRF customers to reduce climate-changing methane pollution, reduce waste disposal costs, and turn trash into a valuable soil amendment. The Kittery Kitchen Compost Campaign is being administered by Mr. Fox, a Maine company, that collects and processes compostable materials from municipalities and businesses throughout the Seacoast area.

The high-temperature methods of commercial composting mean that much more than just fruit and vegetable scraps can be composted. As part of this campaign, meat and bones, seafood and shells, coffee grounds and filters, brown paper napkins and towels, corks, pizza box liners, and teabags (with staples removed) can all be composted. In addition to food waste, compostable plastic drink cups, straws and lids that are marked Greenware, EcoWare, VegWare, EcoProducts, #7PLA or BPI Certified can be composted too!

There are many ways to keep compostable food waste from going into the trash. To make the composting as easy as possible, Kittery Climate Action Now is partnering with two local businesses to offer home composting containers: We Fill Good and Eldredge Lumber & Hardware/Kittery Ace. Both businesses are offering a 10% discount on composting containers to people participating in the Kittery Kitchen Compost Campaign.

Kittery Climate Action Now (KCAN) will help defray the cost of compost containers for anyone who needs financial assistance. To get assistance, please contact Melissa Paly at

For more information about the Kittery CAN Kitchen Compost Campaign, and tips for how to become a successful composter, please visit

Kittery Compost