Harvest Cycle Compost

Offering Residential and Small Commercial Service!

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 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.

How it works:

1) We give you a 5-gallon bucket and you fill it with food scraps.

2) Every two weeks you will receive an email reminding you to put your bucket out. We will collect the food scraps the next morning, leaving the bucket behind with some sawdust on the bottom to mitigate smell.

4) We will compost your food scraps at our Ring Street garden.

5) You will receive some finished compost in the spring for your garden, or you can choose to have it donated to a community garden.

2. Pay online:

Pay what you can afford

Paying a bit more if you can afford to do so will allow us to offer more subsidized pickups for those who can afford less.

We no longer offer the $10.00 Urban Greens Member Discount. Instead, you can now drop off your scraps at the Urban Greens Food Co-op – located at 93 Cranston St, Providence, RI 02907 – if you are a member for FREE. (Urban Greens pays Harvest Cycle to collect these aggregated food scraps). Or you can subscribe at one of our monthly rates for pickup at your home.

In order to keep our route bikeable, we are currently growing our customer base in targeted areas along our current route. We are currently prioritizing new customers in the East Side, Federal Hill, Elmhurst, South Providence, and West End neighborhoods. We also serve Pawtucket residents close to the Providence line. If you live outside of these neighborhoods, please still get in touch and let us know your interest! This way we can determine how and where to expand to next. We may determine we can add you as a customer right away, or will let you know when it is likely we will expand to your neighborhood.

We are also 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 Katie at kmurphy @ groundworkri.org with any questions or if you have any trouble registering online.