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WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Traverse City's Residential Compost Service

We are a compost collection and delivery service that uses bicycles with trailers to haul food scraps from your kitchen to local composting sites.

Once the scraps have evolved into finished compost in our piles, that soil is returned to the earth through donations to community gardens and sales to households for use in their yards, pots, gardens and beds. 

 

At Carter's Compost, we believe that the resilience and beauty of our community is inseparable from the health of the land we live on. Transforming our food waste into fertile compost is one small way we can collectively nurture the land in the midst of global environmental crisis, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and sequester carbon in the soil.

WASTE DIVERSION

Our bucket pickups and drop-offs divert your household food scraps from traditional landfills to our piles.

COLLECTION SERVICE

Collections from the neighborhood are combined with other organic materials, and with the help of some wormie friends, let nature take the wheel.

NUTRIENT-RICH COMPOST

After several weeks the compost is ready to go into gardens, beds and pots, providing plants with a natural, nourishing soil.

EDUCATION

Follow us on social media to see events hosted by Carter's, as well as general information on composting and it's benefits.

HOW IT WORKS

HOW IT WORKS

Kitchen Scrap Pickup and Drop-off:

Carter's makes it easy to start giving your kitchen waste a 2nd (or 3rd!) life. With a subscription, there is so much to look forward to: 

  1. We connect you with a clean bucket for your house

  2. You skip the trash can and put kitchen scraps right in the bucket

  3. We pickup the contents of your bucket, or you dump it at a drop-off site

  4. Your scraps are nurtured to return to nature in our piles

  5. Pickup subscribers have the option to get a full bucket of compost each season!

Finished Compost: 

Full buckets of nutritious compost are available for sale for use in your garden, pots, beds, lawns, hanging plants, boxes... you get the point! This soil amendment nourishes the soil so that your plants flourish, maintain moisture and promote aeration.

SERVICE AREA

Now Serving more of Traverse City: 

  • Carter's Downtown - pickup

  • Carter's West - pickup

  • Carter's Old Mission - drop-off

PEDAL-POWERED PICKUP OR SELF DROP-OFF

Inside the service area?

  • Sign up for curbside pickup!

Located outside our service area?

  • Ask about drop-offs

Don't see your neighborhood in our service area?​

  • Message us about expanding!

WHAT GOES IN THE BUCKET

Do's

Fruit scraps

Veggie scraps

Eggshells

Coffee grounds

Tea bags

Bread

The list goes on!

Don'ts

Meats

Bones

Dairy

Animal waste

To-go Containers

Utensils 

CONTACT

ADDRESS

Traverse City, Michigan

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