It’s easy, free and great for your garden

Adding compost to your soil improves its tilth, fertility and ability to retain moisture. This increases your yield while also saving water. Composting mimics natural processes by speeding up the decomposition of food organic matter. It’s a great, easy way to reduce household waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

Through composting, plant matter and food waste break down to release nutrients for new plants by creating a sustainable plant fertilizer. Compost is made up of about one-quarter “green matter” (food scraps, grass clippings, crushed eggshells, etc.), and three-quarters “brown matter” (yard waste, coffee grounds, cardboard, etc.). This ratio provides the right combination of nitrogen and carbon to speed decomposition.

Watch these short how-to videos about composting

1. The all-important Compost Ratio

2. Maintaining your Compost: Rats and Aeration

3. Applying your Compost

SCLT staff put all these steps together (and added a few fake body parts) in this fun video: Zompost

Resources for composting in Providence

The Compost Depot at Frey Gardens

Contact: Michael Bradlee
(401) 952-5533
The Compost Depot, run by Earth Appliance Organics, has a free 24/7/365 drop-off for members of the food scrap collection program. The Depot accepts ALL kinds of food scraps! It’s free to join and free to drop. Earth Appliance Organics also sells Premium Vermicompost. We will be at the Armory Park Farmers Market, and will add a pickup service starting this summer.

Harvest Cycle Compost

Contact: Amelia Rose
(401) 305-7174
Harvest Cycle is now being operated by Groundwork RI, a local nonprofit that provides truck and bicycle-powered residential compost pick-up in the greater Providence area. Their youth and adult employment programs are involved in the food scrap collection, processing, and food growing operations, creating economic opportunity for lower-income residents.

The ‘Post Man

Contact: Anders Newkirk
The ‘Post Man delivers food scraps to urban farms like City Farm during the growing season, and to The Compost Plant during the winter. The resulting compost is used by local farmers as well as home gardeners to grow high-quality, healthy produce.

Earth Care Farm

Contact: Jayne Merner Senecal
(401) 364-9930

Earth Care Farm is a family operated, holistic farm specializing in making high-quality compost. They blend the ingredients (including, seaweed, food scraps, animal bedding/manures, yard waste, clean gurry and shellfish), and screen the compost through a ½” screen. They also give farm tours and raise produce.

The Compost Plant

Contact name: Leo Pollock
The Compost Plant makes bulk deliveries for gardeners and farmers, and sells bagged Rhody Gold all natural compost and soil mixes. The Compost Plant collects food waste from a variety of businesses, including higher education institutions, restaurants, and hospitals.

Smithfield Peat
(401) 231-1111

Since 1964, Smithfield Peat Co. has been widely recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the Green Movement.