We make composting easy. Follow these steps to get started on your compositing journey.
Sign Up for Service and Recieve your Equipment
When you subscribe to our pickup service we will deliver your composting equipment (5-gallon bucket, lid, and 1-quart jar of Bokashi bran) to your doorstep 2 days after your order was placed. If the drop-off day falls on the weekend we will drop it off on Monday following the weekend.
Start Collecting Food Scraps
You will place all your food scraps in the provided 5-gallon bucket. Most foods are acceptable, which include fruits, veggies, dairy, grains, pasta, cooked foods, and meat (view or download the compostable list below). We recommend using a small plastic container (like Tupperware) to temporarily store food scraps on a countertop or in the fridge. When it fills up you can add it to the 5-gallon bucket. As you fill your 5-gallon bucket with your food scraps, you will need to add 2-3 tablespoons of the provided Bokashi bran as you layer your food scraps (making sure that the food scraps get a healthy dose of Bokashi bran mixed in). The Bokashi bran microbes ferment food scraps and prevent foul smells.
Placing Bucket for Pickup
When it is time for your bucket pickup, place your bucket on the curb of your property (sidewalk/driveway) or on your front porch where the bucket is visible from the street and can be reached without issues (locked gate, dogs, etc). Make sure to place your bucket in the described location by 8 am and we will pick up and exchange it with a new clean bucket between the pickup times of 8 am and 5 pm. If you run out of the provided Bokashi bran place your empty jar with your bucket as well and we will provide you with a full jar of Bokashi bran.
Pickup Dates and Times
If you have a residential weekly pickup service plan, pick-up dates will always be every Tuesday. If you have a residential biweekly pickup subscription plan then your pickup day will be every other Tuesday twice a month. You can click to view or download, the biweekly Tuesday pickup dates list below.
Tips for success!
-Bokashi bran microbes ferment food scraps and should have a sweet-sour fermented smell if you are doing it right.
- Your 5-gallon bucket is best kept at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. The Bokashi microbes thrive best in these conditions.
- Keep your bucket lid on for an airtight seal and minimize the number of times you open the lid. The microbes on the Bokashi bran that you add as you layer your food scarps work best in low oxygen conditions.
- Avoid adding excess liquids in your bucket, including grease and oil. Do not add moldy or rotten items to your bucket as well, this could turn compost bad.