What is compost?
Composting is a natural process that turns everyday waste like food scraps, coffee grounds, and yard debris into organic, nutrient-rich soil (compost) which is 100% FREE.
Benefits of compost
- Makes organic and healthy soil for your garden
- Reduces household waste
- Cuts down harmful climate pollution that is created from food waste decaying in landfills
- Can slow the flow of storm water which helps prevent flooding and water contamination
- Helps decrease municipal waste costs
- Own a business? Composting food scraps can help reduce costs associated with waste management
DIY Backyard Composting
The ideal place to make compost is your own backyard or outdoor area.
You can purchase a compost bin from the Department of Public Works or Rhode Island Resource Recovery, or build your own using low cost materials. Search “DIY compost bins” on Google or YouTube for helpful tips.
CLICK HERE to learn how to compost in your backyard!
Food Waste Composting: drop off locations & curbside pickup
Can’t compost at home?
Call a service to pick up your kitchen waste, or drop off food waste at various composting areas across the city.
This ensures your unused food will go towards healthy green growth, rather than rotting in Rhode Island’s landfill.
Food scrap PICK UP SERVICES
- Bootstrap Compost
- Harvest Cycle – Groundwork RI
- Rhodeside Revival
- The Compost Plant (restaurant & commercial pickup only)
Food scrap DROPOFF LOCATIONS
- Armory Farmers Market (May 31st to October 25th)
- Earth Appliance Organics Compost Depot at Frey Gardens
NOTE: The City of Providence does not endorse any one service or business. If you know of other services or drop off locations to add to the list, please email sustainPVD@providenceri.gov
Indoor Composting: Vermiculture (using worms)
You can compost indoors using worms! A special type of worm called the “red wiggler” (Elsenia fetida) eat their weight in organic matter each day and digest food scraps to create nutrient-rich compost.
CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide on vermicompost.