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

  • 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 your 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.