composting in evanston in winter

Don't stop composting because of the cold weather months. Keep reducing landfill and contributing to healthy soil all year long with our Winter Gap Service for Evanston residents.

Collective Resource, Inc. provides a winter compost program for those who need a cold-season option. You may be someone who uses their backyard composter or Evanston’s Yard Cart program most of the year, but need an option for the winter months. We hope this program will work for you.

Evanston's Yard Cart program ends the week of December 9, but Collective Resource keeps working all year round.

Our service provides door-to-door food scrap collection. We provide a 5-gallon bucket or a 32-gallon tote and then weekly or biweekly (every other week) pick up the food scraps and take them to a commercial compost site. We also leave a clean container for you to continue your collection for the next pickup.

Commercial composting is different than yard composting. At a commercial site you can compost anything that was once alive including animal products and food soiled paper.  Additionally, we are able to accept compostable liner bags and other compostable disposables that are not accepted by the Yard Cart program. Below and attached are a list of things you can put into your container:

Meat, bones, fish, and seafood
Seafood shells
Fruits and vegetables
Eggs and eggshells
Milk, cheese, and other dairy
Dressings, condiments, sauces, and soups
Flour, bread, pasta, rice, and pastries
Coffee grounds, filters and teabags
Nuts and nut shells
Spices, oils, and fats
Compostable Disposables
100% Paper plates and napkins
Corn based plastic cups, bottles & bags
Popsicle sticks and skewers
Paper towels and wax paper
Unadorned toothpicks
Cut flowers

Our Winter Gap Service begins the week of 12/9/2019 and the final pickup will be the week of 3/30/2020 unless you let us know that you’d like to continue with our service.

Depending on the size of your family, you will want a weekly or biweekly pickup. Four people generally have a bucket pickup every week.

Service options and pricing for the entire season:

Weekly, 1 Bucket, $106

Weekly, 2 Bucket, $170

Weekly, 1 Tote, $362

Biweekly, 1 Bucket, $82

Biweekly, 2 Bucket, $114

Biweekly, 1 Tote, $186

To get started, use our Contact Form or call us at 847-733-7665. We'll get back to you quickly to set up your service and answer any questions.