We WILL have Saturday pick-up at the Midtown Farmers Market this week as usual. With the ever changing news about the Coronavirus, we need to ensure the safety of you, our composters, and our own composting staff.

Foremost, for efficiency and cleanliness sake, we ask to phase-out use of "Compostable Plastic Bags" and compostable wares. We recommend:

1) Frozen (no bag) and/or in a paper bag.
2) Plastic bag (untied),
3) *Compostable bag (untied).
* Compostable bags do not compost well in our system and we suspect they have the chemical PFAS* in them, so we can no longer leave them in the compost. We want our staff to be able to dump the material in the compost bin without having to fish out and untie those compostable bags. Ironic note: Nothing that says "compostable" is compostable in our gardens.
Thank you for composting - reducing greenhouse gases and building a greener, more climate resilient Capital City! 🙂
(which has a GWP of driving 18,973 miles) and made tons of compost for school and community gardens.

Drop-Off - Midtown Farmers Market, Saturday 9-1pm

Bin is located at Jazz Alley on 20th Street between J and K Streets:  Saturday 9am-1pm.  Ask a Market employee if you have questions.


• All Vegetarian Scraps*

• Egg Shells

• Napkins, Coffee Filters ok


• NO Meats, Oils

• NO Plastics, Twist-Ties*

• NO Organic PLA "Compostable" Wares*


• Fresh Scraps 🙂 - We anticipate our collections to be a part of a weekly routine of composting: ie. we don't want month-old soups from refrigerator clean outs. Nature won't mind it, but our network of schools and gardens may. :-/

• Frozen Scraps - We are finding that many patrons freeze their scraps. This is a very clean and simple way to avoid any drips or fruit flies. Frozen or fresh is good for us.

• Paper or Plastic? - Paper bags are our favorite. We just throw them in to the compost pile :). We will accept plastic bags if it is easiest for you. We will just reach in and grab the plastic bag, entering compost into the pile. DO NOT TIE BAGS! 🙂

• Compostable PLA Plastic Bags - NO, we don't want them anymore. We suspect that they have the "forever" chemical PFAS, and  that is something we don't want in our soil. We will accept them, but they will not be composted - they will be thrown away. DO NOT TIE BAGS!

• DO NOT TIE BAGS! - They are so hard to untie... thx!

*PFA's Found in Food Waste and Packaging, Sierra Club Grassroots Network, March 15, 2020.

Can't Make the Market?

If you have compost, but can't make it to the market at the right time, we can pick it up if you live within our boundaries. We have several families that just give us a when there bucket is full. We suggest a $7.50 donation for travel and handling.

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Need Regular Service?

We offer a weekly collection of compost for small businesses and residents  If you are interested in such a regular/weekly collection service for your house or business. Please contact us.

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Consider Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is the highest and best use of your food scraps. It is easy and cheap and great for our ecosystem. Look for a list of upcoming City of Sacramento & County of Sacramento Compost seminars. Or come out and learn with us.

Contact us if you have questions.

Remember, every 10lbs is equivalent to driving 9.29 miles, and creates compost for local gardens and greenscapes. Compost!