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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 3 locations in Traverse City: 2 for pickup (Downtown and West) and 1 for drop-off (Old Mission)

Join our scrap pickup or drop-off subscription to be a Carter's Compost Champion and help to make our town as green and thriving as we can 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 or West.

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 is for Carter's Old Mission. 

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 or West.

Pay-it-Forward Add-on

As a Pay-It-Forward composter, you are donating $1 or more a week to our Equity Fund, making it possible for qualified, low-income composters to participate. You'll receive a Carter's 'Thank you' and we match every dollar donated as part of this add-on!

Products & Other Services

Finished Compost & Other Items

Finished compost and backyard "starter" buckets are available for sale in the Compost Shop.

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.

Donations of $10 or more will receive a Carter's 'Thank you' item!

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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