FAQ

How are you handling COVID-19?
We made the difficult decision to suspend service at this time in order to ensure the safety of our workers. We are no longer able to procure basic supplies to sanitize the buckets before and after we touch them, and new research indicates the virus can live on plastic 2 to 3 days.

When will you resume service?
For now, we have planned to suspend service through April 12th. We will reassess the situation when we are closer to that date.

What can I do with my food scraps now?
Please do not store your food scraps until we resume service. You can either set out with your regular trash or, if you want to ensure they are recycled, you can drop off your food scraps Saturday mornings (8 a.m. to noon) at the Waverly Farmers Market, 400 E 32nd Street. Food scraps collected at the market go to feeding pigs at a local farm. This means, if a pig cannot eat it, they cannot take it (thus, no compostable bags, meat, dairy, coffee filters, or paper products). Tea bags without staples are still okay. Continue to remove all labels from your fruits and vegetables!



How do I sign up?
We are currently serving the Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park and Locust Point neighborhoods. If you live in one of these neighborhoods and are interested in service, fill out this brief form with your contact info and address, and we’ll be in touch to get you started.

How much does it cost?
RESIDENTS: The starting price is $25 per month — that gets you one 5-gallon bucket, picked up weekly! Need more than one bucket? Let us know when you request service and we can discuss pricing.
BUSINESSES: If you are interested in service for your business, please fill out this business service request form

What can I put in my bucket?
PUT IN: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags (remove the staple first), nuts, egg shells (crush first!), house plants/flowers
KEEP OUT: meat, bones, fish, dairy, eggs, produce stickers and twist ties, pet waste and litter, cups/dishes/utensils labeled “compostable,” diseased house or garden plants, cooked leftover food, and oil, fats and grease

What areas do you serve?
At the moment we are serving the following neighborhoods of Baltimore: Curtis Bay (not pictured below), Federal Hill, Riverside Park and Locust Point. Outside of Curtis Bay, our service area is north of I-95, east of Hanover St, and south of East Hughes St and Key Highway.

Can I join if I don’t live in Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park or Locust Point?
Not right now. However, if you’re interested and live outside our service area, please let us know where you live. This will help us when considering future expansion. If you give us your email, we can keep you updated on our next steps!

Do you accept food scrap drop-offs at the garden?
At the moment, we do not have the capacity to accept drop-offs.