We offer weekly pick up of food waste to residential houses who do not currently have city wide pick up. Sign up for yearly service and receive a free bag of compost in the spring. We take all compostable kitchen scraps, including meat, dairy, shells and bones.
How it works:
1. You provide your own container. We recommend the 10 gallon Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser often sold at Home Depot, Lowes, the Container Store, or Amazon for about $13.
2. Line your bin with either certified compostable bags or paper grocery bags. This is required to ensure the bins can be fully emptied. The drier the contents in the bin, the easier the bins empty, especially in winter, and the less odor and flies.
3. Fill up your bin. We accept all foods including meat, bones, dairy, shells, and all certified compostable serviceware. No waxed cardboard, milk cartons, soda cups, drier lint, or cleaning chemicals on paper towels. More details on whats compostable can be found here.
4. Put your bin out for pick up once a week. Please make sure your bin is on the sidewalk, and not blocked by obstacles like other garbage bins, trees, etc. If you don’t have your bin out by the time the truck goes by, feel free to put two bins out the following week.
5. Smile. You most likely will not have to put your regular trash out as often, your making good use of your food scraps, helping the environment, and it’s fun.
6. Receive finished compost in spring. Your hard work comes full circle. Availability varies per service and town and can depend on a communal place to dump finished compost for people to take.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
We currently do city pilot programs in Salem, Beverly, Newburyport, and city-wide pick-ups in Manchester-By-The-Sea.
We know how to structure programs of all sizes in a very cost-effective and flexible manner. We pick up organics from more towns in MA than anybody else, so we have a lot of experience and innovation in this realm.
In addition to pick ups we partner with towns to manage municipal leaf and yard waste compost sites. By bringing in collected organics from the town’s residents and schools, the sites better serve the community and breakdown more efficiently.