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!
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Sign Up: Residential and Commercial Pick-up
- Biweekly pick up of one, 5-gallon bucket: $16/month
- Biweekly pick up of two, 5-gallon buckets: $21/month
- Weekly pick up of one, 5-gallon bucket: $31/month
Check if you are located within our service area HERE before signing up.
Sign Up: Drop-off Service
Unlimited access to one drop-off location: $10/month
Click on the icon of your preferred drop-off site in the map below and fill out the sign up form that appears in the pop up menu after you click the icon. You will receive instructions on how to use the site in a confirmation email. Scroll down for the free drop-off sign up form for SNAP recipients.
Free Drop-Off Program:
SNAP recipients or those in a similar, low- or fixed-income financial situation, you may participate in our drop-off program free of charge. Fill out the Free Drop-Off form and select your preferred drop-off location.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you have any trouble registering online.
West End Compost Hub
Groundwork Rhode Island & West Elmwood Housing Development corporation will soon break ground to create Providence’s first social venture compost processing facility! Community members will be able to bring food scraps and yard debris to be transformed into a rich soil amendment and transformative resource.
This hub will be located at 34 Fuller Street in Providence’s West End neighborhood. Remediation of the land will take place in Spring 2023. The hub is expected to open in Fall of 2023. This project was made possible by a cleanup grant from the RI DEM, Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund. Other funders include the RI infrastructure bank, the RI DOH, 11th Hour Racing, and many individual donors.
Give us your feedback by taking our community input survey here: West End Compost Hub: Residential Input.
We are currently fundraising to help with infrastructure costs that are not included in the grants we have received thus far. Visit our Give Lively page to donate, or contact email@example.com to inquire about corporate sponsorships.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I put in the compost?Drew Appleton2023-02-17T14:31:27-05:00 How do I prevent unpleasant smells and flies around my bucket?Drew Appleton2020-08-06T10:00:00-04:00
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?Drew Appleton2020-08-06T10:01:28-04:00
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?Drew Appleton2021-12-13T14:34:34-05:00 I would like some compost for my garden! How much can I get and when can I get it?Drew Appleton2022-03-09T09:59:15-05:00 I live in a large apartment building. Can I still get my compost picked up?Drew Appleton2020-08-06T10:04:25-04:00
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?Drew Appleton2021-11-22T09:44:27-05:00 Do you have any resources for compost application or soil care?Drew Appleton2021-04-28T15:06:58-04:00