The Baltimore Compost Collective is a local service that collects food scraps from residences in the Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park, Locust Point, and Mount Washington neighborhoods and composts the material at the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay.

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. The compost they create is being used by the Filbert Street Community Garden to grow fresh produce.

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 for Federal Hill, Riverside, and Mount Washington Communities!

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

Baltimore Compost Collective Program commits to providing a safe alternative for Food Scrap Collection for our Youth and Customers through our contactless Food Scrap Collection. Thank you for all of your support.


Learn so you don’t have to Burn

Starve the Incinerators

Feed the Soil

 Feed the Community!


This project is facilitated by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), and the Filbert Street Community Garden with generous support from 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. 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.