Harvest Cycle Compost2021-12-13T11:48:44-05:00

Harvest Cycle Compost

Harvest Cycle Compost

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Email: compost@groundworkri.org
Phone: (401) 305-7174

Harvest Cycle Compost

Harvest Cycle is Groundwork RI’s community composting project. We collect food scraps from residences, restaurants, and institutions across the city by bicycle and process them into a transformative resource for the urban growers of our community.

Groundwork RI’s youth and adult employment programs are both involved in the food scrap collection, processing, and food growing operations, creating economic opportunity for local residents!

Member Login and Registration

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Sign Up: Residential and Commercial Pick-up
  • Biweekly pick up of one, 5-gallon bucket: $15/month
  • Weekly pick up of one, 5-gallon bucket: $30/month
  • Biweekly pick up of two, 5-gallon buckets: $20/month
Pick-Up Services
Sign Up: Drop-off Service Locations

Unlimited access to one drop-off location: $10/month

Ring Street Garden
Fox Point Garden
Sessions St Park Garden
Mt. Pleasant Library
For SNAP recipients or those in a similar, low- or fixed-income financial situation:
Free Drop-off Service

About Our Services


We offer weekly and biweekly pick-up services for the residents, restaurants, and other small businesses of Providence and some of the city’s surrounding areas. On your service days, we empty your bucket and leave an absorbent layer on the bottom to help mitigate odors. Buckets are delivered to members on their first service day.


We are working to build localized drop-off sites in every neighborhood of Providence. Our sites are open 24/7 and members can bring food scraps as often as they like! People that live outside of the city are welcome to join our drop-off service too!

Custom Service Options

We are interested in hearing from small businesses, multi-unit apartment buildings, and institutions (schools, hospitals, etc.) about your composting interests and needs. We can help you set up a composting system on-site, provide pick-up services, or connect you with other composting businesses and efforts in Rhode Island that might better fit your size/volume of food scraps and needs.

Please contact us at compost@groundworkri.org with any questions or if you have any trouble registering online.

West End Compost Hub

We are currently fundraising to build the West End Compost Hub, a new compost facility with the capacity to process the food waste from an entire Providence trash route! Visit our Give Lively page to donate, or contact compost@groundworkri.org to inquire about corporate sponsorships.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I put in the compost?2021-03-03T17:07:39-05:00

Check out our can/cannot compost list! If you have specific questions left unanswered, feel free to email compost@groundworkri.org.

How do I prevent unpleasant smells and flies around my bucket?2020-08-06T10:00:00-04:00

Compost is inherently smelly. That said, there are things you can do to mitigate that. We provide tight-locking lids that keep the bucket relatively smell-proof when it is closed. We also provide dry leaves for the bottom of your bucket every time we pick up, which helps absorb liquids and  keeps your compost from going anaerobic. Some people keep their bucket outside and collect food scraps in another container on the kitchen counter. If you want to be extra careful, You can keep a paper bag in your freezer and put kitchen scraps into that every day until it is time to put them out for pickup. The paper bag can go straight in your bucket. If you notice a lot of liquid in your bucket, you can add extra “browns” to absorb it–dry leaves, wood chips, torn up paper, etc. During the summer, try to make sure you’re leaving the bucket in a shady place.

Where’s the best place to put my bucket for pickup?2020-08-06T10:01:28-04:00

If you have front steps or a porch, we recommend that! Buckets placed on the curb or near city trash cans often end up getting taken or thrown away with the trash. The side or back of your building is fine as well, although we do appreciate the publicity of having our bucket visible on your front stoop!

Do I receive something in return for referring a friend?2021-12-13T14:34:34-05:00

Yes! Telling your family and friends about our program is one of the best ways you can help us grow and make a greater impact.

In your customer portal, click on the “Give $10, Get $10” tab to get your unique referral link. Send this link to your friends and family, and when they sign up using it you will each get a $10 credit applied to your account as a thank you for spreading the word and helping us to expand our program! There is also a field toward the bottom of the sign up form to put the name of the referring person.

I would like some compost for my garden! How much can I get and when can I get it?2020-12-18T13:54:10-05:00

We guarantee our subscribers at least 10 gallons of compost a year. We usually have a large organized giveback in March, but feel free to email compost@groundworkri.org if you would like your share of compost at a different time of year.

I live in a large apartment building. Can I still get my compost picked up?2020-08-06T10:04:25-04:00

We haven’t had good luck picking up compost from apartment buildings. However, If you can find a safe, reliable and accessible location for the bucket where it won’t be taken or thrown away, we are willing to try! We recommend talking to a door-person, security guard or building manager to find a place where you have permission to keep the bucket. If there is a front desk person who is willing to keep guard over the bucket on pickup days, that is the best case scenario! Unfortunately, we don’t have time to go up to individual apartments to pick up buckets. 

If you would like to organize several tenants in the building (at least five) to have compost picked up from one place, and the building management is willing to work with you to ensure a safe and convenient pick-up spot, we’d be very excited to try to set something up.

Do you take volunteers?2021-11-22T09:44:27-05:00

Yes, we are hosting volunteers! Watch our Volunteering with Harvest Cycle video to learn about the activities you may participate in while volunteering with Harvest Cycle, and please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering.

We are at the Ring St. Garden processing compost every Thursday from 12pm-3pm, so stop by if you would like. We also periodically plan work days on the weekend. We will email you at the email you put in the form above with volunteer opportunities.

Do you have any resources for compost application or soil care?2021-04-28T15:06:58-04:00

Click here to view or download our Soil Health Guide!

It contains information and resources pertaining to soil and plant health, with topics such as the nutrient cycle, compost, soil testing, preparing soil for the first time, and maintaining existing cultivated soil.

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