Our goal is to make composting easy and accessible.
WE'LL DROP OFF ONE OF OUR SPECIAL BUCKETS WITH A SNAP ON LID THAT KEEPS SMELLS IN AND PESTS OUT.
Fill your bucket with kitchen scraps and food waste - check out The List for more details on what we can compost!
Leave your outside in the evening on your scheduled day - we'll make sure everything is gone by morning!
Coffee Grounds + Filters
eggs & Eggshells
Fruits + Vegetables
RICE, PASTA, BREAD + OTHER GRAINS
Hair and fur
Newspaper - SINGLE SHEETS ONLY*
*we are unable to take large quantities of cardboard and newspaper unless they are shredded. ripping up soiled cardboard is much appreciated!*
YARD + GARDEN
Hay and straw
Houseplants (no soil)
OUR MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR 6 YARD WASTE SIZE BAGS (30 GAL) OF YARD/GARDEN MATERIAL COLLECTED FOR FREE ANNUALLY. WE REQUIRE SIGNING UP BY 12PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PICKUP DAY VIA THIS LINK
IF YOU EXCEED THE 6 BAG LIMIT YOU CAN PAY $2 PER BAG FOR COLLECTION. SPACE MUST BE RESERVED BY 12PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PICKUP DAY AND ORDERS CAN BE PLACED BY CLICKING THIS LINK
Bennett Compost will NOT pick up the following organic materials for composting:
Black Walnut Tree Leaves Or Twigs
Coal or charcoal ash
“compostable” plastic items
MEAT & bones
Diseased or Insect-Ridden Plants
Pet Wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
Yard Trimmings Treated With Chemical Pesticides
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Doesn't the city pick up my food waste as part of the standard trash service? Why should I compost?
Composting is the most environmentally friendly method of disposing of food waste. Organic material that does end up in landfills (like from the city's collection) breaks down, releasing methane. Methane emissions from landfills are a leading contributor to climate change. Composting your food waste also produces a useful product, compost, that is an extremely productive, all natural fertilizer. We like to think of composting as Recycling 2.0. Many of our customers report that they reduce their trash by nearly half!
I have a fairly irregular schedule. Do I have to be home for the pickup or when will my pickup be?
Pickups are based on the neighborhood in which you live and are done during the night. You put your bin outside your house or apt by 9PM on your neighborhood's pickup day. Our compost fairies come in the night and whisk away your food waste, leaving the empty container for you to retrieve in the morning.
I WANT TO DO THIS BUT I REALLY WANT THE FINISHED COMPOST TO USE IN MY GARDEN. CAN YOU GUYS HOOK ME UP?•••••
Yes! Each spring we return some finished compost to our customers who want it for free. The last two years we have given each customer who wanted it 10 gallons worth of compost. Additional compost can be purchased by members at a discount.
Composting sounds great! What can I compost?
Residential customers should refer to The List. If they have questions about something not on the list, they can email or call us. For commercial customers we can handle any kind of food waste as well as many of the other items on The List.
I only have a little bit of space. How big is the collection container?
Our standard collection container is 5 gallons in volume. It is around 14" tall and 12" in diameter. It has a lid that seals but is fairly easy to take on and off. If this container will not work for your space, contact us and we may be able to work something out.
I'd like to try this out but I am worried that I will have to stop for any number of reasons. Do I have to make a long-term commitment?
Absolutely not. We offer the service on a month-to-month basis. You are welcome to cancel at any time. However, we find that it works so well for most people that they stick with it as long as they live in Philly.
I love this idea. And I think my neighbor would too. But neither of us produces a lot of food waste. Can I share a container with a neighbor?
Of course. If you and your neighbor don't produce a lot of food waste and want to share a container, go for it.
So you guys make composting cheap, simple and convenient. What's the catch?
You have to live in Philly.
We partner with Philadelphia-area businesses, offices, and multi-family residential buildings to create responsible and sustainable solutions for waste management.
You can compost more than you think, including paper, cardboard, and even pet fur and hair! Our clients are diverse, and include:
- Coffee Shops, Juice Bars + Restaurants
- Breweries + Distilleries
- Florists, Nurseries + Farms
- Offices + Commercial Properties
- Condo / Apartment Buildings
- Salons, Barber Shops, + Pet Groomers
- Hospitality + Special Event Venues
We work with each client to determine the best solution for their business's industry and volume of compostables produced weekly. We'd love to hear from you and start a conversation about how we can support your business's sustainability initiatives. Request a custom quote below, or give us a call to learn more!