Compost Station Pre Registration – 5gal/wk Residential Food Waste Drop Off Service, Sep-Dec 2018 @ The Civic Garden Center, Cincinnati OH

Compost Station Pre Registration – 5gal/wk Residential Food Waste Drop Off Service, Sep-Dec 2018 @ The Civic Garden Center, Cincinnati OH


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Sign Up for Cincinnati’s First Composting Station!

Do you have kitchen scraps you wish you could compost rather than landfill? This fall, Cincinnati’s first  “Composting Station” will open at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, making it easier to do exactly that.

What is a composting station?

A composting station is a place where food waste and other compostable items can be dropped off to be composted rather than landfilled.

Stations usually focus on receiving residential food waste and have set hours. Some require pre-registration.

How does it work?

On Mondays from 4-6 pm, September 10 through the end of December, a Civic Garden Center volunteer will be accepting up to 5 gallons of food waste per household for composting from registered participants.

GoZERO Services, Food Waste Compost Courier, will then transport the food waste to an EPA licensed composting facility.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is sponsoring 36 participants in this introductory period. So, participation is absolutely free, a $90 value.

Additionally, if all 36 spots are filled, GoZERO will be providing each participant with a 5 pound bag of its Fork2Farm composted soil amendment, a $20 value.

Why is this being done?

When paired with waste reduction efforts, composting stations reduce waste and our carbon footprint.

If landfilled food waste were a nation, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only just China and the U.S.

And food waste costs the average American household over $2000 per year.

The goal is to determine if composting stations can help make food waste composting more mainstream.

To learn more about hosting, facilitating, sponsoring, or patronizing a composting station in the future contact GoZERO at 937-554-1363 or

How do I get started?

Register (above) as one of the 36 sponsored households.

Pick up your “Sep-Dec’18 proof of registration pilot sticker” at the Civic Garden Center once you’ve registered. You can wait until Sept 10 to pick it up. The volunteer on duty will have a list of registrants.

Get a container to collect and transport your food waste. A 5 gallon bucket with a lid can be request at registration while supplies last.

Check out to see what items can (and can’t) be composted at the composting station.

Start collecting food waste the last week of August and plan to drop what you’ve collected off from 4-6 pm on Mondays, starting September 10 through the end of December at The Civic Garden Center (2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206).

For More Information

Contact GoZERO at 937-554-1363 or And thanks for your interest in composting stations and sustainably disposing of your food waste!

Who has been involved so far?

The stations is a partnership effort between Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, The Civic Garden Center, and GoZERO Services.

Other participating organizations include: Cincinnati’s Office of Environment & Sustainability, Green Umbrella, the Northside Sustainability Committee, Groundwork, Plant Cincinnati, Edible Ohio Valley, the Freestore Foodbank, and Happen Inc