Our newest contract renewal with Groot continues to improve the ease of use of the Village’s curbside composting program. You can now include more types of food waste with your compost and use more types of containers. This program is at no additional charge and no signup is necessary.

Over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown out and food waste is the single largest category of waste deposited in our landfills. Some of this waste can be reduced through good planning, but the next best thing you can do is to compost it.

When composting, your food scraps are mixed with landscape waste to form nutritious compost for plants. Composting extends the life of our landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps support gardening and landscaping in our community.

You can start composting today through your weekly landscape waste service provided by Groot Industries. Compost service is year-round and does not stop during the winter.

Try these tips to make your home composting easier:

  • Use a 1-2 gallon kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside your home. Empty it outside periodically when you take out other recycling and landfill waste.
  • Line your pickup container with a Kraft paper bag to reduce mess.
  • Place yard trimmings at the bottom of the pickup container to help catch any fluids. Layer food scraps with yard trimmings inside the container.
  • Rinse your pickup container when necessary. Use soap when rinsing if needed. Sprinkling in baking soda may help reduce odor.
  • Store your container in a cool, shaded area with the lid securely closed.