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 at our community garden in Federal Hill.
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!
We offer weekly and biweekly household pickup service. We will bring you a 5 gallon bucket on your first pickup day, and empty that bucket either weekly or biweekly, leaving some dried leaves on the bottom to mitigate smell. We don’t swap out buckets. It saves us a lot of time and cost. Feel free to wash your own bucket! When you sign up, you let us know where you will leave your bucket on pickup days, and you will receive an email the day before each pickup reminding you to put your bucket out. Pickup subscribers are also welcome to use our drop-off sites whenever they want.
We maintain three compost drop-off sites: Ring Street Garden and Fox Point Community Garden are available 24/7, and there is a pop-up drop-off site at Sessions St. Park Garden available once a week. You may sign up for a drop-off only plan which allows you to drop off food scraps at any of these sites as often as you like. You may purchase a 5-gallon bucket which you can pick up at Ring Street when you sign up. There will be leaves available for the bottom of your bucket at all drop-off sites.
We offer weekly bulk pickup for small restaurants. We provide fresh 18-gallon bins delivered weekly to the back door of your restaurant. Pricing starts at $50/month for one 18-gallon bin per week, and each additional bin is an extra $15/month. 2 bins weekly is $65/month, 3 bins is $80, etc. To set up a restaurant account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Very small restaurants and food businesses who only need a bucket picked up weekly or biweekly may sign up as residential subscribers.
If you live outside of these neighborhoods, you are welcome to become a drop-off member. Once we have enough drop-off members from a certain neighborhood, we will expand our pickup route to that area and you may switch!
All registrants must complete step 2 below after filling out the form.
Drop-Off Subscribers: Purchase a Bucket
Drop-off participants may purchase an optional 5-gallon Harvest Cycle bucket here. Buckets are included in pick-up subscriptions, but pick-up participants can order a replacement bucket here as well.
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 pickup service through Harvest Cycle, or connect you with other composting businesses and efforts in RI that might better fit your size/volume of food scraps and needs.
Please contact us at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about corporate sponsorships.