residential and commerical compost collection


For less than $5 / week you can participate in a city wide effort to capture organic waste streams in Grand Rapids and return them to food production. Even more awesome, you will also simultaneously...

  • Create meaningful jobs & circular local economies in GR
  • Decrease your personal contribution to the waste stream
  • Help distribute thousands of pounds of organic, nutrient dense produce into a food insecure neighborhood
  • Increase soil fertility and close a gap in the food cycle 
  • Support the mission of Urban Roots Community Farm and Education Center

Want to buy compost? We sell our finished compost in the Community Market. To check out market hours, click here - - > Market

How it works...

  • Make sure you live within the pilot area
  • Fill out the "YOUR Compost Monthly Subscription Sign Up" form at the very bottom of this page.
  • Receive your collection bucket - everything you need to know to participate in the program will be inside the first bucket
  • Collect! Fill up your bucket with compostable household wastes that would otherwise go to a landfill!
  • Once a week on your assigned weekday - an Urban Roots bicycle peddler will collect your compost and wipe out your bucket for you to reuse.

Once you sign up, a bucket will be dropped off at your residence the following Tuesday or Thursday (depending on where you live) and you can start collecting!  All the information you need to be a compost collector extradorinare, including your assigned pick up day will be in the first bucket.

Program Pilot Area : North - Fulton , South - Hall, East - Plymouth, West - Eastern

Program Pilot Area : North - Fulton , South - Hall, East - Plymouth, West - Eastern

Want to have compost collection at an event? We do that too. Please reach out to to inquire about compost collection service for weddings, events, fund raisers, and more.



  +  KOMBIT Monthly        Membership


To learn more about joining Kombit, click here!

To learn more about joining Kombit, click here!

Joining Kombit directly impacts the capacity and quality of programming at Urban Roots. Your tax-deductible monthly donation will provide Urban Roots with a critical, steady source of funding to support our mission.

  • Roots -$5 / month - Every little bit helps! Your monthly contribution will help to buy tools, order seeds, and help us grow in Madison and throughout Grand Rapids! 

  • Sprout - $10 / month - Will help to distribute 100 lbs of organically grown, low cost, hyper-local food in the Madison neighborhood each year

  • Seedling - $40 / month - Will create scholarships for 2 classes of Madison neighborhood students and their teachers to come to Urban Roots for a FREE service-learning day trip to the community farm

Any questions? Please email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

community is key -thank you to our preferred bike shops for all the support we receive in collaboration with this program.