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CURBSIDE COMPOSTING

Recycling Your Food Scraps, One Bucket at a Time. 

 
 
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Update 12-25-18

Welcome Fellow Green Spot Members!

In the spirit of the season, Innovative Organics Recycling is offering a GreenSpot to GreenSpot special - 5 months of curbside composting pickup service for the cost of 4. Save $12.50! After that you will be automatically renewed for the next 4 month cycle at the regular cost of $50 per cycle unless you tell us to stop. Our core mission is to achieve Zero Food Waste throughout Columbus so that the quality of our water, air, & soil is improved for everyone now and in the future. We combine your food scraps with locally-sourced leaves, chipped trees, horse manure and goose feathers into our high nutrient, EPA tested compost and specialty soils. To see if your household is eligible please contact us directly or email greenspot@columbus.gov. This offer is only good until January 14th.

Update 11-22-18:

Hey, Grove City! Curbside Composting Coming in 2019!

Congrats on a great race today. As many of you might have already read from the flyer you found in your race packet, if we can get 200 residents who live south of Stringtown/Columbus Road between Buckeye Parkway and Rt. 62 to express an interest in our curbside composting service, we’ll start that service on March 1, 2019. We are playing catch up this week so if you are looking for the Curbside Grove City tab - coming soon. Instead, please simply send me an email with your contact info and that will work for now : my email address = rayleard@innovativeorganicsrecycling.com . Thanks! Ray Leard

How It Works:

1. Sign Up

The above neighborhoods are apart of what we call the "High Street Corridor. The boundaries of the corridor are as follows: Marion Village & German Village on the South, all of Worthington on the North, the Olentangy River on The West, and the Railroad tracks just east of N. Fourth/Indianola on the East. Not sure if you fall within these boundaries?  Contact us , and we'll check for you.

The above neighborhoods are apart of what we call the "High Street Corridor. The boundaries of the corridor are as follows: Marion Village & German Village on the South, all of Worthington on the North, the Olentangy River on The West, and the Railroad tracks just east of N. Fourth/Indianola on the East. Not sure if you fall within these boundaries? Contact us, and we'll check for you.

Innovative Organics Recycling currently serves a variety of Central-Ohio neighborhoods (see image to right for full list). Sign-Up today on an individual plan ($14/month or $50/4 month cycle) or as a team (2 or more households at $40/month*) to get started. If we don't currently operate in your area, check out our Drop-Off Composting services to see which location is closest to you! 

2. We'll deliver a bucket to your doorstep

After you sign up, we'll deliver a freshly cleaned 5-gallon bucket right to your house, apartment, or condo loaded with our compostable liner. We will also provide you with our handy Zero Food Waste Tool Kit which includes directions on how to use the liner system.

3. Using your bucket

Each week place your compostable scraps in the bucket: Produce scraps, animal bones, moldy cheese, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper towels, and much more. Not sure what to compost? No need to memorize anything, the bucket has a full list of what you can and can't compost on it!

4. Pick Up Day

On pick up day, remove the lid and tie the top of your liner into a knot. Place the tied liner back into the bucket and replace the lid. You are now ready to put out your bucket. Leave your bucket on your front porch or steps & we'll swap the liner for a freshl one. If you're away for a week or simply forget to put your bucket out one week, no worries, we'll just get it the next week! Note: the best compost comes from fresh food scraps - your bucket does not need to be full to set out and putting out your bucket weekly or every two weeks is best.

 
The above map is what we call the "High Street Corridor. The boundaries of the corridor are as follows: Marion Village & German Village on the South, all of Worthington on the North, the Olentangy River on The West, and the Railroad tracks just east of N. Fourth/Indianola on the East. Not sure if you fall within these boundaries?  Contact us , and we'll check for you.

The above map is what we call the "High Street Corridor. The boundaries of the corridor are as follows: Marion Village & German Village on the South, all of Worthington on the North, the Olentangy River on The West, and the Railroad tracks just east of N. Fourth/Indianola on the East. Not sure if you fall within these boundaries? Contact us, and we'll check for you.



Teams

Here at Innovative Organics Recycling, we believe in the power of teamwork. That's why we give extra benefits and reduced rates to those who sign up for our Curbside Compost program in teams (groups of 2 or more households). The 4 month cycle rate for a team of 2 or more is $40 per member. * If you can get 20 or more neighbors to from a large team, the rate drops to $36 per 4 month cycle and the team “captain” gets the service for free.

Once you have at least 2 households who want to participate, here's how it works:

1. Pick a Team Captain & Team Name

Sign up as a Team. The captain will collect payments from team members, register all members at once, and submit one payment online (see chart below for pricing). Team captains earn a gift certificate to a local restaurant or bakery for starting the team.

2. Select a Centralized Spot for the Compost Buckets

Pick a centralized spot where team members will place their bucket each week for pick-up. This could be a member's porch, curb or another central spot. 

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3. Start Composting!

Once you sign up as a team, we'll deliver our liner loaded buckets to your selected spot that same week. Have any members on your team who aren't sure what to compost? No need to memorize anything, the bucket has a full list of what you can and can't compost on it!

4. Pick Up Day

On pick up day, leave your buckets at the teams' agreed upon location - usually the team captain's porch or curb - & we'll swap the liners for fresh ones. If some team members are away for a week or simply forget to put their bucket out, no worries, we'll just get it the next week! Note: the best compost comes from fresh food scraps - your buckets do not need to be full to set out. 

 5. Renewing memberships and other benefits

Because the payment process happens as a team (not individually) new members can only be added or subtracted when the entire team renews their membership. Also, each team member (upon request) receives a 10# bag of our EPA tested compost  to give their garden a nice boost.

“We love the program. We composted before the program, but we could never include bones or other animals products. We have so little waste now, it gives us this great sense that we’re helping the environment and doing something better than just filling up a landfill.”
— Felicia, from Bexley Neighborhood

Some fine print about teams: 

We do not offer refunds to team members who wish to no longer use the Curbside Compost service during the cycle. In the event a member does leave the service, the Team Captain is in charge of retrieving their bucket. The team captain is also responsible for communicating any changes in service to other team members (like changes in pick-up days due to snow days or holidays).

 
 
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Check out more about our Bexley Curbside Compost program in this Columbus Dispatch Video:

 
 
 

 

Still Not Sure? Contact Us with Questions, or visit our FAQ's page.