Traditional and Green

By Phoenix Heller | February 13, 2019
How can flower giving be made more sustainable

How can flower giving be made more sustainable? Flowers are one of the traditional ways to show love or gratitude among other feelings but the single-use nature of flower bouquets is not the most sustainable. Composting them is one of the best ways to show your love for our planet once they are past their prime. Collective Resource would like to show our love for the flower-focused businesses and organizations in the Chicago area that compost their flowers and offer other ways to make flower business earth-friendly. Pollen in Logan Square A special event florist located in Logan Square, […]

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Romance Meets Sustainability

By Erlene Howard | February 6, 2019
romance meets sustainability at collective resource

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for a special restaurant for this special occasion? We’d like to introduce you to four that are part of a composting community. Campagnola 815 Chicago Ave, Evanston Catch 35 35 W. Wacker Dr, Chicago Hearth 1625 Hinman Ave, Evanston Spacca Napoli 1769 W. Sunnyside Ave, Chicago

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Wrapping with Care

By Erlene Howard | December 12, 2018
sustainable gift wrapping

How to wrap gifts sustainably? ‘Tis the season to wrap and give gifts. Tubes of holiday wrapping paper are almost always wrapped in film plastic and often the paper itself is foil-stamped, making it not recyclable. Our team at Collective Resource would like to pass on a couple of clever tips from our employees to make your holiday wrapping a gift to our planet as well. Mary Beth, one of our zero waste consultants, suggests using a gift bag for each family member throughout the eight nights of Hanukkah. She chooses a gift bag for each of her girls […]

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Disposable Compostable Resources

By Collective Resource | October 7, 2018

We highly encourage our zero waste event customers to use reusable plates, cups, and utensils whenever possible. However, if you choose to purchase disposable products when using our services, we ask that you select compostable products. Following is a guide to help you find the compostable disposables that are right for your event. Note that the paper goods should say “compostable” or 100% paper (with no coating). Biodegradable does not necessarily mean compostable. Chinet plates – Costco, Target, etc. All paper napkins are acceptable, including colored napkins. Webstaurant Cold cups Hot cups   Costco Plates Hot cups   Amazon Utensils Compostable […]

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What to compost with commercial composting

By Collective Resource | October 6, 2018
what to compost in commercial compost

What Do We Compost? YES FOOD PRODUCTS Baked goods Bones Breads Candy Cereal Coffee grounds Dairy products Eggshells Fish/seafood Fried food All fruits Meats Grain products All vegetables Spices/herbs Sugars/syrup Tea PAPER PRODUCTS Coffee filters Sugar/salt/pepper packets Egg cartons Gift bags Gift wrap Blue masking tape Paper food packaging Microwave popcorn bags Newspaper Food soiled paper Pencils Tea bags Waxed Paper Wood products/sawdust OTHER BPI certified compostable bags BPI compostable products Cold ashes from fireplace/grill Cellulose sponges Compostable kitchenware (look for “ASTM D-6400”) Holiday wreaths Cotton balls 100% cotton clothing Dryer lint Fur/hair Houseplant scraps Nail clippings PLA Natureworks […]

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What’s wrong with sending food scraps to landfills?

By Collective Resource | September 21, 2018

We are realizing that this thing we’ve been doing our whole lives has been contributing to global warming.  They create methane, a greenhouse gas that is 34 times more damaging than CO2.

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What’s right about sending food scraps to commercial composting facilities?

By Collective Resource | September 20, 2018

The food scraps in the commercial composting facilities are given the right environment to biodegrade thus do not contribute to methane gas production.

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Join our team

By Collective Resource | September 18, 2018
join our compost pickup service team

It takes a great team of people to do the work of Collective Resource Compost. We’re always looking for the right people whose values and work ethic match ours. While our team includes specialists in customer service, operations, sales, events, and other support functions, the majority of our people are drivers and washers who work out of our garage in Skokie. Are you dependable and hardworking? Are you willing to learn new things and ideas? Do you believe in team spirit? Do you care about the environment? Do you take pride in your work? Are you capable of both […]

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How to Setup Your Kitchen for Composting at Home

By Collective Resource | September 16, 2018

There are many ways to set up your kitchen to make collecting compost easy. Below are some container options, as well as tips and tricks. Sure-Close Compost Pail Norpro 1-gallon Stainless Steel Compost Keeper Norpro 1-gallon Ceramic Compost Keeper Repurposed compost container You can choose to line your container with a compostable paper bag, or simply rinse occasionally (plastic containers can go in the dishwasher). Collective Resource sells the Sure-Close Compost Pail pictured above for only $10. To purchase one for your kitchen, let us know via the contact form or by emailing We’ll deliver it with your next […]

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Compost pickup service area map

By Collective Resource | September 15, 2018

DOWNLOAD COMPOST PICKUP SERVICE AREA MAP Our service area is ever-growing. The best way to get us servicing your neighborhood or town is to contact us via our Contact Form. Composting Chicago Neighborhoods Albany Park Avondale Belmont Craigin Bucktown East Garfield Park Edison Park Edgebrook Edgewater Hermosa Humboldt Park Irving Park Jefferson Park Lakeview Lincoln Park Lincoln Square Logan Square Loop Lower West Side Near North Side Near South Side Near West Side North Center North Lawndale North Park Norwood Park Pilsen Portage Park Rogers Park South Lawndale South Loop Uptown West Loop West Ridge West Town Wicker Park Composting […]

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