Our residential composting service provides door-to-door pickup of food scraps and other compostable matter. We provide a 5-gallon bucket to your family and then weekly or biweekly pick up the food scraps and take them to a commercial compost site. We leave a clean bucket for you to continue your collection for the next pickup. Most households work with some kind of countertop container and then empty into the big bucket when needed. Some customers choose to keep the bucket outside with a brick or flower pot on top, or it can be put out on your pickup day.

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Put out your full compost bucket
residential composting pickup
We will replace your compost bucket periodically
residential composting service - take to commercial composting site
Your compost will go to commercial facility
residential composting service - tote or bucket
You are on your path to saving the planet!

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. Click here for a complete list.

The size of your family helps determine the frequency of your pickup schedule. A family of four generally gets a weekly pickup, while a single person may only need a pickup every four weeks.

Weekly pickup is $10.50, biweekly is $15.50 and every four weeks is $20.50.

We ask for payment with each pickup, or you may pay in advance for as many pickups as works for you. We offer a 10% discount for one annual payment.

All we need to get you started is your home address, a daytime telephone number, and if you want weekly, biweekly or four-week service.

Start Composing at Home!

Fill out the form below to start the set up process, or request for more details. The set up takes only a few business days, so you can start collecting your food waste and other compostables right now!

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We’re adding more towns and neighborhoods to our pickup area.
Let us know if you’re interested in seeing us crop up where you live.

​"Between this (composting) and recycling, we're not quite at zero waste, but we're closer than we frankly imagined that we could be at this point in our lives - and we're really excited to be able to say that!"

- Clint Collins, Residential Composting Customer