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Residential Services & Products

Carter's Compost is grounded in its ultimate mission to capture as much organic waste as possible, and turn it into nutritious compost for our community. We have various locations and residential subscription types in the Traverse City area:

Join our scrap pickup or drop-off subscription to be a Carter's Compost Champion and help to keep our town green and thriving for years to come!

Subscription Services

Weekly Pickup Subscription

Once a week, you will leave your bucket out on the curb for a Carter's Crewmember to collect the scraps and take it to one of our composting sites: Carter's  Downtown/West Traverse City.

$24 per month, includes finished compost

Drop-off Subscription

As needed, you’ll bring your food waste to our designated composting site where a Carter's Crewmember will process it.

This option is available for Carter's Old Mission and the Sara Hardy Farmers Market. 

$16 per month, includes finished compost

Bi-Weekly Pickup Subscription

Every other week, you will leave your bucket out on the curb for a Carter's Crewmember to collect the scraps and take it to one of our composting sites: Carter's  Downtown/West Traverse City.

$12 per month, includes finished compost

Seasonal Farmers Market Drop-off

Choose from our two options and bring your scraps to market every Saturday and Wednesday June through October.

 

Subscribers get a clean bucket each week, and a free bucket of finished compost for $16 per month.  Or Pay-as-you-Throw on your own cadence for $4. Click the button below to learn more:

Products & Other Services

Bucket of Finished Compost

5-gallon buckets of finished compost - your soil and plants will thrive when you add this amendment to your planting spaces.

Special Event Pickups

Planning an event with compostable materials? Ask us about special-event pickups and the materials Carter's Compost can accept.

Custom Education Events

Expand your compost knowledge with a customized education event lead by Carter's Compost. Perfect for any organization wanting to broaden their composting knowledge or implement their own compost process.

Backyard "Starter" Bucket

A 5-gallon Carter's "starter" bucket is like a sourdough starter! It is full of mostly broken down materials as well as all of the worms and microbiomes to add to your home composting system.

Backyard Pile Consult

Take your composting to the next level with your own setup in your backyard, apartment complex, business, etc. This consult is custom to your situation and goals. Let's connect!

Composting Equity

Equity Fund Donation

Your donation will subsidize our Equity Fund, making it possible for qualified, low-income composters to participate in our curbside food-waste pickup or drop-off service.

Email us if you'd like to donate more than $10.

Equity Subscription

If your household is currently enrolled in WIC, SNAP EBT or a Bridge Card, or you are receiving Disability or Unemployment, then you can qualify for our Income Equity Rate of $4 a week for curbside pickup, or $3 per week for drop-off.

Please fill out the Application Form below, and we will respond with eligibility and details.

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