WHAT yOU DO:

Keep the 5-gallon bucket (that we provide!) near your kitchen. Add your veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, spoiled fruit and other compostables! When it's time to swap out the bucket, leave it by your back door, front stoop, or alley, and we'll collect it and leave you a fresh one. Your food scraps head to one of several local Chicago farms who perform the actual composting! 

For every 10 buckets of scraps collected, members can choose from one of three rewards: a bucket of finished compost for gardening; a $5 coupon to use for Urban Canopy farm produce at local farmers markets; a $5 gift to a local restaurant that uses composting; or, Compost Club members can donate their reward back to the Urban Canopy efforts.

WHAT WE DO:

We provide you with a bucket and lid, and use your food scraps back at the farm. We use worms to digest your food scraps (vermi-composting) to generate healthy soil and nutrients for community & school gardens, our farm, or we can share the compost for your own plants!

If you'd like more information, please fill out the form below. We also have a few quick reference documents you can download and read here:

 

I'D LIKE TO COMPOST

If you wish to inquire about the service please email compostclub@theurbancanopy.org with any questions.

Compost Club is currently initiating members once per month. If you fill out the form below, before the 20th of each month, you will be added to our pickup routes for the following month -- Thanks! - Updated by ER on 10/31/16

 

COMPOST DROP-OFF

Are you looking for somewhere to drop your bucket off? Visit us at our Farmers Markets where you can get your first bucket and drop it off when it gets full -- $5 dollars for your first bucket and $5 per swap. Check out our Farmers Market page for more info on market schedules, locations and to see if compost bucket swaps are available or compost bucket drop offs. Please note that if you bring your own bucket or container, it must hermetically seal.

At the moment, we do not accept drop offs at our farm.

 

COMPOSTING AT EVENTS

Do you have an upcoming event that you would like to make a zero-waste event? Here is how we can help:

  • We supply, deliver, and set up large containers the day of, or within 1-2 days of, your event. These containers look like standard, large trash bins and are equipped with compostable liners.
  • Compostable/non compostable items will be labeled on laminated signs and attached to the lids of the containers, making it obvious to guests how to distribute waste.
  • When the event has concluded, we pick up the containers and compost the organic waste at our own farm sites or deliver it to one of our partner farms on the South Side of Chicago.
  • We can also facilitate buying compostable utensils and other common party supplies.

If you’d like more information or would like to sign up for this service, please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you soon! Note: prices will vary based on the size and location of your event.

We also have a few quick reference documents that you can download and read here: