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what type of composter are you?

taking the first steps to stop throwing your food waste in the trash can be daunting. but there are many more options available then most people realize. we’ve made it really easy to find the best options for your household. pick the type of person you are below, and follow the link to explore your options (or click here for a video overview).

committed = i want to do the best thing I can do for the environment, and i’m willing to put in the work to do it. i would also like to use the resulting compost in my garden. (click here if you want to understand the benefits of gardening with compost.)

casual = i am willing to try some new options and put in a little upfront work as long as there isn’t a ton of ongoing work to do.

convenient = i really don’t want to do much at all, just give me the easiest option possible.

hello, my name is committed.

if you identify as a “committed” composter, you are going to love all of the fun options available to you. we will break down your options by availability and by price.

if you have a yard:

  • traditional composting: the human race has been doing this for thousands of years, and now we have more options than ever.
  • budget: these mostly DIY options are relatively quick and easy. 
  • most popular: these are some of the top selling composting options to get started quickly.
  • high end: these options will cost a few hundred dollars, but they are very effective compost tumblers.
  • other, more adventurous options:
  • vermiculture: this a method of composting with worms that can be done on a balcony, or even indoors. if you dare. ($0-$200)
  • biogas digester: this is not for the faint of heart! but it is a really cool option for the serious composter who really wants to get creative. ($720)

if you don't have a yard:

  • public drop off locations: simply google your city name with the phrase “food waste drop off location” to see a list of local options, including farmers markets and community gardens. ($0)
  • curbside pick-up: simply google your city name with the phrase “curbside food waste pick up services” to see your options, or click here. if you live in a city with municipal pick-up, it will be offered with your normal curbside trash pick-up. or you can pay for a private curbside pick-up service. ($0-$30/month)
  • vermiculture: this a method of composting with worms that can be done on a balcony, or even indoors. if you dare. ($0-$200)

hello, my name is casual.

if you identify as “casual,” we will give you some fun projects that are easy to get going and require very little ongoing maintenance.

if you have a yard:

  • green cone: this is an in-ground solar digester that allows for convenient disposal of food waste, with no ongoing maintenance. ($130-$200)
  • sub-pod: this is an in-ground worm composting solution that is convenient, with little maintenance required. ($150-$250)
  • “hole in the ground”: this is a free method of in ground composting, but it does require a little more effort. ($0)

if you don't have a yard:

  • public drop off locations: simply google your city name with the phrase “food waste drop off location” to see a list of local options, including farmers markets and community gardens. ($0)
  • curbside pick-up: simply google your city name with the phrase “curbside food waste pick up services” to see your options, or click here. if you live in a city with municipal pick-up, it will be offered with your normal curbside trash pick-up. or you can pay for a private curbside pick-up service. ($0-$30/month)
  • vermiculture: this a method of composting with worms that can be done on a balcony, or even indoors. if you dare. ($0-$200)

hello, my name is convenient.

if you identify as “convenient,” you might have less options, depending upon where you live.

  • curbside pick-up: simply google your city name with the phrase “curbside food waste pick up services” to see your options, or click here. if you live in a city with municipal pick-up, it will be offered with your normal curbside trash pick-up. or you can pay for a private curbside pick-up service. ($0-$30/month)

if you have a yard, you can hire someone to install:

  • green cone: this is an in-ground solar digester that allows for convenient disposal of food waste, with no ongoing maintenance. ($130-$200)
  • sub-pod: this is an in-ground worm composting solution that is convenient, with little maintenance required. ($150-$250)

regardless of which type of composter you are, we hope you start separating your food waste, today! there are options to fit every lifestyle, and every step you takes matters, and should be celebrated, in your journey to waste reduction!  

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