Compost Drop-Off Locations

You can also drop off your food scraps at several locations throughout the city. Some accept food scraps for free, and others charge a small fee - either way, this option is usually much less expensive than using a pick-up service. Be sure to check the rules of what you can compost at each location before you begin collecting food scraps to drop off.

Chicago-area drop-off locations:

-The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm accepts chopped food scraps (except for meat, oil, and dairy) on Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm, May through October, for free.
-Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park serves as a drop-off location for those enrolled in the Ground Rules Compost Program. You can sign up with a cashier at Heartland Cafe and receive a Ground Rules bucket to begin collecting your food scraps. More information about their program can be found here.
-The Urban Canopy accepts compost bucket drop-offs at their farmers' market stands. Find the list of locations here
-Healthy Soil Compost accepts compost bucket drop-offs at the Wicker Park Farmers Market during the 2018 outdoor season.