residential and commercial compost collection


For a small monthly fee, you can participate in Urban Roots' effort to capture organic waste streams in Grand Rapids and return them to food production.

At the same time, you will:

  • Create meaningful jobs & circular local economies in GR

  • Decrease your personal contribution to the waste stream

  • Increase soil fertility and close a gap in the food cycle

  • Play a direct role in our mission to distribute thousands of pounds of organic, nutrient dense produce into a food insecure neighborhood

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

Residential site? here's how it works:

  1. Make sure you live in the service area

  2. Fill out the form

  3. Receive your collection bucket - everything you need to know to participate in the program will be inside the first bucket

  4. Collect! Fill up your bucket with compostable household wastes that would otherwise go to a landfill!

  5. Once a week on your assigned weekday an Urban Roots peddler will collect your compostables and wipe out your bucket for you to reuse.

Within 7 days of signing up, a bucket will be dropped off at your residence and you can start collecting!  All the information you need, including your assigned pick up day and a magnet with the Do’s and Don’ts, will be in the first bucket.

Click here to learn what compostables we accept.

Click here to read our Terms and Conditions.

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


Curious about the significance of compost? Click here to learn more. Source: USCC

Sustainable Management of Food, EPA

The following comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (, a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission. Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste and Grow Community.


Martin, Deborah L., and Grace Gershuny, editors. The Rodale Book of Composting. New, Revised ed., Emmaus, Rodale Press Inc., 1992.

live outside of the service area? there are options for you too! 

1. Participate via self drop-off. Fill out this form and you'll be able to participate for $19/month. We'll be in touch to get you your bucket! 

2. Get compost pick up in your neighborhood! Click here to let us know your address. We'll keep your address on file for when we grow the program. 

Commercial business? We'd love to work with you

We are thrilled to partner with eight commercial businesses in Grand Rapids. The button below will get you in touch with our staff to see if your business is eligible for pick up! 


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, fundraisers, and more.

Thanks to our Commercial Partners who compost and keep us growing!


community is key! thank you to our preferred bike shops for the support we receive for this program.

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