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 is providing bins for visitors to bring and dump their compostables into for a $5 fee per 5 gallons of material at the Wicker Park Farmers Market during the 2018-2019 indoor winter season. Please note, this is NOT for swapping your bucket from your at-home compost pick up service with Healthy Soil.