Northshore Composting

Accelerate the transition to better trash

When something you throw away ends up in a landfill it can no longer be used for anything. It can't be recycled or reused. Recycling is a great solution to this porblem, but sadly a large portion of us still can't do it right. With compostable products, plant-based items can be turned back into soil through commercial composting.

Collect your kitchen scraps and other compostable materials

There's many things you'd think you could recycle, like a paper coffee cup or a pizza box when in fact you can't. These items are often covered with food residue which "contaminates" recycling which means your entire recycling bin could go straight to the landfill.

So throw your kitchen food scraps in your compost but don't forget about other compostable products that you can also throw away.

How do I know if something is compostable?

Why should we compost?

Composting helps reduce the amount of trash in landfills. Not only does composting keep landfills from filling up prematurely, it minimizes the pollution they create. Plant matter doesn't decay cleanly when placed in landfills: The layers of trash burying the plant matter create an anaerobic environment. This airless environment causes the plant matter to produce methane gas as it decays. This potent greenhouse gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Consequently, composting helps minimize landfills' contribution to climate change.

doesn't compost smell?

Compost begins to smell when it starts to decompose or when it is very wet or compacted. When we frequently pickup compost it often hasn't started decomposing. Getting your compost picked up often so it doesn't compact itself too much also reduces any odor as well as keeping liquids out and adding paper products also reduces any odor. So compost can smell but when picked up every week and taken care of it rarely does!

What about pests?

Leaving your compost bucket outside increases the chance an animal looking for food will try to get in but there's many things you can do to prevent that. Weekly pickups and cleaning out the bucket stop bugs from moving in and odors from developing. Keeping your bucket inside or in a garage also protects it from most animals. Meat often attracts animals so the less meat the smaller the chances an animal finds your compost.

our service area

We service the North Shore of Chicago including:

  • Deerfield

  • Glencoe

  • Highwood

  • Highland Park

  • Kenilworth

  • Northbrook

  • Northfield

  • Wilmette

  • Winnetka

How Does it Work?

  • Sign up

  • Recieve your bucket

  • Collect kitchen scraps

  • We pick them up

Service Options

  • Weekly

  • Biweekly (Every other week)

  • Weekly with Bucket Swap

  • Biweekly with Bucket Swap

Bucket options

Regular single bucket system with a new bag every pickup.

Two bucket system with a clean bucket swapped each time with new bag for an added cost.

How do I get started?

Fill out a quick form that gets you in the loop and signed up!

Purchase a Bucket

In the form you'll be able to select purchase a bucket to collect compost.

Pick a Subscription

Next in the form you'll be asked to chose one of our service options.

What should I compost and what do I do with it?

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