Thank you for your support and interest in composting. Here are some details on our new drop-off program:

Update: Please wipe the top of the bin after dropping off. There are wipes located in the front entrance as you “check in”. Do not assume the person before wiped the bin. Workshops are temporarily postponed – please reach out for information on how to start!

  • Kitchen scraps only* – dairy ok, meat and seafood separate (Harvest Cycle Compost picks up our community compost and is in the process of remediating a new site, but please ask if we have capacity in our in-store compost)
  • Limited to 3 gal/ week/ household (we are happy to refer you to the best option for larger quantities)
  • Free for members (help us support the program with a yearly pass!)
  • “Pay-as-you-throw” for non-members (suggested $2/ drop off – pay at register)
  • Yearly pass available for guaranteed finished compost in spring/ fall ($59)
  • Compost cards at the cashier help you track how much you’re saving from the landfill!

*please remove plastic stickers from produce and staples from tea bags

We have 5 gallon bins and compostable bags for sale in store, but you may use any unbleached paper container to drop off or empty a re-usable bag. Here is an informative link on compostable containers.

Lastly, bins will be in front of the store all day Tuesday & Wednesday. If other days are better for you, please email . We will be hosting monthly compost workshops updated on the events page.

Some of the benefits we discuss include:

  • Reduces Waste: 45 – 55% of the waste stream is organic matter.
  • Great for Plants, Lawns, and Gardens: Improves soil porosity, drainage, aeration, moisture retention even in sandy soils. Helps balance the pH. Can extend growing season by moderating soil temperature. Provides extra nutrients over a wide time window. Buffer against the absorption of chemicals. Promotes healthy root zones and suppresses diseases associated with certain fungi. “Worm tea” can be used as a mild weed killer.
  • Conserves Resources: Water – by soaking up water and slowly releasing (up to ten times its weight in water). Applied thickly as a top layer has benefits of mulch. Energy and Fuel – by keeping material out of the landfill and from being transported! These are some of the heaviest wastes.
  • Saves You Money: You will save on your trash tax (Block Island pays by weight!). No more buying fertilizer.
  • Land reclamation projects, Erosion control, Stormwater management
  • Composting is Fun and Educational!

Fun facts: Hair and fur are compostable. Dryer lint is debatable due to plastics in our clothing.