Harvest Cycle Compost2020-08-21T14:59:45-04:00

Harvest Cycle Compost

Harvest Cycle Compost

Katie will be out of the office the week of August 24th. 

If you register during that time we will get back to you as soon as we’re back in the office.

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!

Our Services

Pickup:

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.

Drop-off:

We maintain three compost drop-off sites: Ring Street Garden (our processing site) is available 24/7, and pop-up drop-off sites at Sessions St. Park and George Araujo Playground are open once per 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.

Restaurants:

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 compost@groundworkri.org.

Pick Up Zones

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!

Step 1: Register

All registrants must complete step 2 below after filling out the form.

Step 2: Payment Plan

Subscription Options
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.

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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 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 kmurphy@groundworkri.org to inquire about corporate sponsorships.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I put in the compost?2020-08-06T09:59:04-04:00

Check out our can/can’t 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!

Someone else referred me, so I get a free month! How does that work?2020-08-06T10:03:01-04:00

We appreciate it if you can sign up for a payment plan right away, so we don’t have to track you down after your first month. Once you’ve done that, we’ll send you and your friend both a one-month refund!

I would like some compost for my garden! How much can I get and when can I get it?2020-08-06T10:03:40-04:00

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@harvestcycle.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?2020-08-06T10:04:44-04:00

We do occasionally set up volunteer work days, and we can accommodate individual volunteers who are interested in setting up a regular time commitment. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering.

What can I put in the compost?2020-08-06T09:59:04-04:00

Check out our can/can’t 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!

Someone else referred me, so I get a free month! How does that work?2020-08-06T10:03:01-04:00

We appreciate it if you can sign up for a payment plan right away, so we don’t have to track you down after your first month. Once you’ve done that, we’ll send you and your friend both a one-month refund!

What happens to my compost once it gets picked up?2020-08-06T10:03:20-04:00

We bring all of your lovely food scraps to our neighborhood compost depot in Federal Hill and process it using an 8-week hot compost method. We then cure it for several months before returning it to subscribers, donating it to school and community gardens, or selling it to generate income for our program.

I would like some compost for my garden! How much can I get and when can I get it?2020-08-06T10:03:40-04:00

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@harvestcycle.org if you would like your share of compost at a different time of year.

I live on a steep hill! Can you still get here on the bike?2020-08-06T10:04:00-04:00

We have a big battery assist on our bike and a calves of steel. We can pick up your bucket.

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?2020-08-06T10:04:44-04:00

We do occasionally set up volunteer work days, and we can accommodate individual volunteers who are interested in setting up a regular time commitment. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering.

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