We will continue to have Saturday pick-up at the Midtown Farmers Market until further notice. With the ever changing news about the Coronavirus, we need to ensure the safety of you and our own composting staff.
20,623 LBS Collected from Market
(which has a GWP of driving 18,973 miles) and makes compost for local school and community gardens.
For the sake of increased hygiene, we want to
1) Phase-out use of "Compostable Plastic Bags" and compostable wares. These products have been found to have PFAS, the "forever" chemical, and we don't want it in our soil.
2) Phase-out use of "Plastic Bags" (we don't have a garbage contract.)
3) DO NOT TIE YOUR BAGS (They are so hard to untie :-/
BEST PRACTICES - Many people freeze their compost and toss it in, inside a paper bag. Perfect!*
WHAT TO COMPOST
• All Vegetarian Scraps*
• Egg Shells
• Napkins, Coffee Filters ok
WHAT NOT TO COMPOST
• NO Meats, Oils
• NO Plastics, Twist-Ties*
• NO Organic PLA "Compostable" Wares*
BEST PRACTICES & NOTES
• 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.
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.
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.
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!