Why should I compost?
Composting does the world a world of good. The average American family produces around 500 pounds of leftover organic material every year. The vast majority of these organics takes a long, fossil fuel-powered trip to the landfill. Methane from these landfills is equal to around 20 percent of the pollution output of coal-fired power plants in the United States. For every four families that compost with Compost Cab, we keep a ton of organics (approx. 2,000 lbs of what most people still consider trash) out of landfills each year. We compost it locally instead, and in doing so we create hundreds of pounds of new nutrient-rich, fertile, natural soil.
But beyond the environmental benefits, we believe there are real and powerful social benefits that accrue to communities that approach composting from a different perspective. It’s not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production. Education. Nutrition. Food security. Job creation. If you believe that local urban agriculture is a fundamental piece of the overarching sustainability puzzle, then community-driven composting is essential.
We’re confident that municipal-scale, industrial-strength composting is coming. We already see it in some of our more progressive cities, and eventually we’ll see it everywhere. And this is a good thing, because all composting is better than landfilling. But if some significant piece of the “waste” stream isn’t captured and put to work in support of urban agriculture, with all of the good it can do, then we will have missed an opportunity. Compost Cab, together with our subscribers and our partners, is building a business around making sure we get this right.
What can I compost?
If it grows, it goes. We accept all things that come from the ground like fruits, vegetables, peels, seeds, coffee grounds, tea leaves, nuts, etc. However we don’t accept meat & dairy due to the nature of our community garden processing partnerships.
I’ve heard composting is hard – true? Does it smell? What about rodents?
We have made composting so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it all your life. Our bin is rodent–proof, thanks to the gamma sealed screw tight lid. If the bin does get knocked over, the screw top will keep everything inside.
Do you pick up in apartment buildings?
Yes we do. Just work with your building manager to figure out the best location for your weekly pickup.
I only have a little space, how big is the bin? Can it be left outside? What does it look like?
Our compost bin a good looking, white 5 gallon container with a screw top lid (keeps the odors in and the critters out). It is around 14″ tall and 12″ in diameter, and can be used indoors or outdoors. Here’s a picture!
How long do I have to sign up for?
We offer the service on a month-to-month basis. You are welcome to cancel at any time.
How do I sign up?
Start with inputting your zip code on the yellow bar below, or just click here to get started!
Wait a second… I pay you?
That’s correct. The flippant answer is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Actually, that’s kind of the non-flippant answer, too. Your monthly membership fees pay for the equipment, pickup service, and the staff work involved in turning your scraps into soil. Additionally, all members are eligible for bi-annual free soil delivery and are indirectly supporting numerous sustainability advocacy platforms on a local and national basis. While we look forward to helping facilitate municipal composting’s growth in the years to come, ours is a private sector solution to a simple problem: people want to compost, and they want it to be as easy as possible. For less than $8 per week, we make that happen.
What if I don’t live in your service area?
So sorry about that. We’re working hard to bring Compost Cab to cities and towns everywhere. In fact, we’re basing expansion plans largely on the demand we see from prospective markets so please let us know where you live.
What will my pickup day be?
Once signed up, you will receive an email notification of your pickup day.
Can I change my pick up day?
Unfortunately not. Pick up days are determined by your location in relation to other subscribers routes. That said, go ahead and send us an email, we’ll certainly try to accommodate your needs.
Do I have to be home on my pickup day?
Nope, just leave your bin out by 8am and our Cabbies will be by to collect your organics!
I don’t need a pick up this week, how do I let you know?
You can request a skip through your member dashboard. Look for the button on the right hand side that says “ Skip My Pickup”. Simply indicate the range of dates you would like us to skip pick up and we will. Our Cabbies, and the environment, appreciate it.
Can you pick up every other week or once a month?
While we understand why you might be interested in bi-weekly or monthly pick up, we do not offer that service. We have found that the longer organic waste sits in an anaerobic environment, the worse it is for everyone.
Can I share a bin with someone else?
It’s nice to share. And we know some people do not generate enough compost each week on their own….so if you can find a neighbor who is interested in going in on it with you, great. However, we can only have one pickup location, and one billing point for the bin.
What if I need more than one bin?
Some households have more scraps than others, 2 bin households cost $40/month.
How is my payment processed?
All membership payments are processed through credit or debit card, and are processed on the same date each month.
I’m interested in Compost Cab for my business, what are my options?
We work with a wide variety of businesses. From coffee shops to non-profits to hotels and government agencies, composting is for everyone. We’d love to help you out, just shoot us an email at email@example.com.
I’m already a subscriber and I need something, and I don’t see a way to ask for it in my dashboard. What do I do?
Just contact us and we’ll get you squared away. We’re always on hand to help!
Do you offer drop off points?
Yes, we do! And our members are always welcome to use them at no additional cost. Read more about our drop off program location here.
Do you need volunteers?
Most of our farm & garden partners are non profits, and usually need of helping hands. If you’d like to help out, we’d be happy to coordinate. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d like to compost at home, can you help me?
Yes we can. We offer a consulting service for at home composters who have questions or hit a snag. Email us at email@example.com and remember, if it smells bad, you’re doing it wrong.
Do I get any soil back?
You bet! We make free soil and worm casting deliveries to our members twice a year, in the spring and autumn, provided they have been a member for the previous six months. Of course, if you don’t want or need this amazing soil and natural fertilizer, we’re always happy to donate it on your behalf to one of our local, not-for-profit urban farm partners, who will then use it to grow more food for our community.
Can I give you yard waste?
Yard waste is very helpful to the composting process, and we’d be happy to coordinate an occasional amount of yard waste pickup on a case by case basis. All pickups are coordinated through firstname.lastname@example.org.