What can I include in my bucket?
The beauty of your insulated tumbler is that it is designed to heat up to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. This makes composting ALL meat, dairy, produce, even pits and other hard shell items possible. See a complete list of suggested items on our COMPOST DO’S AND DON’Ts list here. Follow this, or modify it based on your personal preferences and what you feel comfortable composting.
What if my bucket is full and I have extra scraps?
If you have excess material that you want to compost, you are welcome to upgrade your bucket to a larger size or get a second bucket. If you bucket is overflowing before your weekly pick up, put food scraps in a plastic bag, tie it up and put it in the freezer. This will ensure no unpleasant odors between pick ups.
Where do I leave my bucket?
Leave your bucket on your back porch or steps. Please leave your bucket out by 9AM. It will be picked up and replaced with a clean one by 7PM.
Do I need to be home for pickups?
No. The beauty of our service is it's convenience. You don’t need to be home for us to do what we do. It’s like magic. One day you have food scraps, and a short time later you have soil ready to naturally fertilize your lawn or garden.
What day will you come to my house?
We schedule food scrap pick up days based on our current routes. Once we get your contact info, we can tell you what day we service your area.
What communities do you serve?
We currently service Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Orange and parts of Short Hills/Millburn/Montclair. If you live outside one of these towns and are interested in our service, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss how we may serve you in the future.
Do you service cafes, restaurants, schools, houses of worship, bakeries on Mars?
We haven’t expanded to Mars yet but we do service all the rest. Shoot us an email or fill out our Contact Us form and we can discuss the best composting system for your situation.
How long does it take for my food to break down into compost?
If the tumbler is spun at least 2x a week (and/or whenever fresh material is added), it takes about 6-8 weeks to get finished compost. The finished compost is beautiful, earthy smelling and full of nutrients that your lawn or garden will love.
What if I don’t want or need my compost?
If you live in a house and have a yard, flower bed or garden, your compost can always be put to good use. We are happy to apply it for you or give it to your landscapers to apply. Excess compost can be stored in your garage or shed for future use. We can help you with this.
Donations of compost are always welcome. Donated compost is given to The Swag Project Urban Farm and The Green Community Garden in Newark, NJ. Click here to read more about these two very cool spots doing great things for kids and families in Newark.
How do I pay?
We accept checks, cash and Paypal. Paypal payments are charged an additional 4% service fee. Prior to service starting, we ask that you set up a recurring monthly payment. Who wants to be bothered with having to remember to pay those compost people every month? There is no contract and you can stop your service at anytime. We just ask that you give us 2 weeks advanced notice that you will be stopping service.
Will I get fruit flies?
Overly ripe produce is a breeding ground for fruit flies (they lay their eggs in the peels). To keep them at bay, store ripe fruit in the refrigerator (fruit flies can’t survive the cold), cover fruit bowls with a mesh or plastic cover, or seal in a glass container with a lid. If this does not work, we can recommend other remedies.
Can we switch our frequency of pick ups?
If you’re in need of more (or less) frequent pick- ups, we are happy to alter your schedule. Just communicate your needs to us.
We’re going on vacation. What do we do?
While on vacation, your tumbler will continue needing rotation even if there are no fresh food scraps going into it. We recommend continued service even if you are away. This ensures the microbial life in your tumbler stays active and decomposition of material continues.
This all sounds super eco-friendly, sustainable, green, etc. but I’m a city kid, and I just can’t wrap my brain around recycling my food. What should I do?
It’s true. Recycling your food scraps is not second nature to most of us. Not too long ago, we were you. In fact, for a long time fears of mice, smells and adding one more thing to our “to do” list blocked us from even considering composting. Suffice to say, we are several years in and none of those fears have come to fruition. In fact, just the opposite has happened. We have become super into composting. No more guilt around food waste. Turns out, keeping food out of landfills feels pretty good and turning it into something useful to our planet keeps us motivated to continue.
Not quite convinced? Check out this super inspirational flick Dirt! The movie. It will make you think about "dirt" in a whole new way.