Baltimore Compost Collective

The Baltimore Compost Collective is a local service that collects food scraps from residences in Baltimore neighborhoods and composts the material at the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay, where it is used to grow fresh produce and build urban food security.

It is also a youth entrepreneurship program that employs local teenagers and trains them in workforce skills, food access programming and community-scale composting. Youth workers are gaining guided, hands-on experience managing a small-scale composting operation and its expansion.

Thank you to all who made our Contactless Food Scrap Dropoff a success and helped us to stop the spread of Covid-19. We are pleased to announce that we have transitioned back to Curbside Food Scrap Collection and Drop-off Locations!

Support local youth, Community Garden and help move Baltimore toward Zero Waste one scrap at a time, pay as you throw.

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Image credit: Greg Swatell & Marvin Hayes

This project is partnered with Ridge to Reefs, and generously supported by community partnerships with the Filbert Street Community Garden, Hoffberger Family Philanthropies, 11th Hour Racing, the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, the Abell Foundation, the Robert F. Schumann Foundation, the 11th Hour Project, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, the T. Rowe Price Foundation, and the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund. Special thanks to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) for their assistance over the years. The enterprise was inspired by the BK ROT model in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Thanks to A Few Cool Hardware Stores for their generous ongoing donations of equipment and supplies.

For more information, contact us.