1. Sign Up
The Compost Exchange currently serves a variety of Central-Ohio neighborhoods (see image to right for full list). Sign-Up today on an individual plan ($16/month or $54/4 month cycle) or as a team (2 or more households at $44/4 month cycle) or Super Team (20 or more households at $36/4 month cycle) to get started. If we don't currently operate in your area, check out our Drop-Off Composting services to see which location is closest to you!
2. We'll deliver a bucket to your doorstep
After you sign up, we'll deliver a freshly cleaned 5-gallon bucket right to your house, apartment, or condo loaded with our compostable plant based liner. We will also provide you with our handy Zero Food Waste Tool Kit which includes directions on how to use the liner system.
3. Using your bucket
Each week place your compostable food scraps in the bucket: Fruits and Veggies, table scraps, moldy cheese, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper towels, and much more. Not sure what to compost? No need to memorize anything, the bucket has a full list of what you can and can't compost on it!
4. Pick Up Day
On pick up day, remove the lid and tie the top of your liner into a knot. Place the tied liner back into the bucket and replace the lid. You are now ready to put out your bucket. Leave your bucket on your front porch or steps & we'll swap the liner for a fresh one. If you're away for a week or simply forget to put your bucket out one week, no worries, we'll just get it the next week! Note: the best compost comes from fresh food scraps - your bucket does not need to be full to set out and putting out your bucket weekly or at most every two weeks is best.
Our Service Area
The Compost Exchange serves the areas highlighted in the graphic above. Not sure if your address is included? Email us at email@example.com to inquire!
Here at The Compost Exchange, we believe in the power of teamwork. That's why we give extra benefits and reduced rates to those who sign up for our Curbside Compost program in Teams (groups of 2 or more households). The 4 month cycle rate for a team of 2 or more is $40 per member. *NEW! Form a SuperTeam and SAVE even more - see details below located after instruction # 5.
Once you have at least 2 households who want to participate, here's how it works:
1. Pick a Team Captain & Team Name
Sign up as a Team. The captain will collect payments from team members, register all members at once, and submit one payment online (see chart below for pricing). Team captains earn a gift certificate to a local restaurant or bakery for starting the team.
2. Select a Centralized Spot for the Compost Buckets
Pick a centralized spot where team members will place their bucket each week for pick-up. This could be a member's porch, curb or another central spot.
3. Start Composting!
Once you sign up as a team, we'll deliver our liner loaded buckets to your selected spot that same week. Have any members on your team who aren't sure what to compost? No need to memorize anything, the bucket has a full list of what you can and can't compost on it!
4. Pick Up Day
On pick up day, leave your buckets at the teams' agreed upon location - usually the team captain's porch or curb - & we'll swap the liners for fresh ones. If some team members are away for a week or simply forget to put their bucket out, no worries, we'll just get it the next week! Note: the best compost comes from fresh food scraps - your buckets do not need to be full to set out.
5. Renewing memberships and other benefits
Because the payment process happens as a team (not individually) new members can only be added or subtracted when the entire team renews their membership. Also, each team member (upon request) receives a 10# bag of our EPA tested compost to give their garden a nice boost.
*Super Teams - when you get 20 or more neighbors to from what we call a Super Team, the rate drops to $36 per 4 month cycle and the team “captain” gets the service for free. Please call or email Ray Leard to go over the details and get signed up: 740-249-5467, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOME FINE PRINT ABOUT TEAMS:
We do not offer refunds to team members who wish to no longer use the Curbside Compost service during the cycle. In the event a member does leave the service, the Team Captain is in charge of retrieving their bucket. The team captain is also responsible for communicating any changes in service to other team members (like changes in pick-up days due to snow days or holidays).