For many people, this time of year is perfect to explore new activities or to act on long-standing ideas. Due to the pandemic, many more people are looking for COVID-safe activities and ones that support their values.
Composting and supporting farmers are two things that accomplish both those objectives, and there is a lot happening in our area that you can take advantage of.
Read more below to discover what fits best for you, your family or friends. We encourage you to pick one and try it for a month. Summer is the perfect time!
There are several choices available now for paid collection of organic materials: Better Bin, Queen City Commons, Plant Cincinnati, and Go Zero. Please note the City of Cincinnati only allows for composting of vegetative material (i.e. fruits, vegetables & yard trimmings), and cannot include dairy or any other materials. For other jurisdictions, please check your municipal code for guidelines.
Better Bin is open to any resident, regardless of home address. The $12 monthly fee provides you with a clean 4-gallon compost bin (with a lid) and weekly drop-off services at the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market, every Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Bring your full bin (vegetative material only) to the market and we will switch it out with a clean bin. Your monthly service subscription can be canceled at any time.
Contact: Olivia Wilmink, [email protected]
Don’t forget to bring a face mask!
Queen City Commons offers community compost drop-off sites for several Cincinnati neighborhoods, and manages food scrap collection service for businesses and organizations.
Drop-off locations include the Village Green in Northside, the Northside Farmers Market, and the Taft Garden in Walnut Hills, with additional locations coming soon.
Contact: Marie Hopkins, [email protected]
For more information on Queen City Commons, click here.
Plant Cincinnati offers drop-off service at their location in Madisonville. You can use the drop off location up to 4 visits a month to leave your fruits, vegetables and coffee grounds.
Plant Cincinnati also offers finished compost to purchase for your gardens.
Contact: Michael Morris, [email protected]
accessible food waste services
GoZERO offers food waste compost drop-off stations or will place nine or more carts on a residential (or commercial) street and service them on a routine basis as part of a local collection route.
Current Drop Off Locations include: Melink Corporation, Milford;
Sycamore Community Schools, Blue Ash/Montgomery;
Casa Figueroa, Pleasant Ridge; Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, Oakley; Plant Cincinnati, Madisonville.
Nutrient dense food waste based compost delivery services for landscaping and gardening are also available.
|Community Gardens and Composting
Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF) is working to establish a neighborhood-scale composting system within their community gardens. The idea is to start fairly small serving homes and apartments, then ramp up as demand increases.
Utilizing a part-time Compost Worker for day-to-day operations and a Compost Coordinator to work with Better Bin and manage the overall project, they will collect data and documentation in order to create a playbook to assist other neighborhoods in getting their own operations off the ground.
WHRF composting operations will utilize several different composting structures that are designed to be the proper scale and type for the garden where they are located.
For more information contact Gary Dangel.
Black Soldier Fly Program
Sidestreams Foundation is creating a neighborhood scale food waste processing facility utilizing black soldier flies and red wigglers to transform food waste into animal feed (larvae), soil amendments (frass and castings), and worms for home worm farms.
They intend to divert 10-25 tons of food waste from the landfill, producing about 3-8 tons of animal feed and about 3-4 tons of soil amendment.
For more information, contact Steve Rock
Composting Resources Online
If you are interested in learning more about composting, but not wanting to commit to a class or service, there are some great on-line resources available to you.
Download ” A Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard“.
Read their composting blog,
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Listen to Community Composting Podcasts
City of Cincinnati
August 2- 8, 2020
National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual celebration that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system, creating healthy communities and building prosperity among farmers and small businesses.
Farmers markets have been deemed essential businesses during the pandemic and market operators have been leaders in serving their communities safely, being some of the first to implement innovative strategies to change their operations around public health protocols.
We hope you will take an opportunity, while practicing appropriate health precautions & recommendations, to patronize your local farmers market.
If you would prefer to purchase local food via online, here are some resources that can help.
CORV Guide– Farm list starts on page 18
Local Food Connection– Home or Pick Up Locations