kids that compost
A network of young people curbing landfill waste one neighbor at a time
Kids That Compost changes the way communities think about household food waste while inspiring young people's entrepreneurial spirit.
Who we are
Kids That Compost (KTC) is a grass roots collective of kids, advocates, and service providers working to divert household food waste away from landfills by building an innovative, high impact, scalable approach to composting.
Columbus has long been a test market where businesses can explore new concepts like KTC. Ten fourth- through twelfth-graders in each of eight Central Ohio communities were selected for a summer project. Each kid was asked to sign up 30 curbside composting memberships (10 kids x 30 memberships = 300 kids x 8 communities = 2,400 buckets being filled each week). We will give these children an informational “toolkit” that includes methods to engage their community, collect subscriptions for household memberships, learn valuable business skills, reduce landfill waste and lower house carbon footprints.
How it works
Compost returns valuable nutrients to the soil to help maintain soil quality and fertility. Did you know that nearly 15% of what is in Franklin County landfills could have been composted? (SWACO) Let’s get started!
Your KTC representative will deliver the KTC compost collection bucket and compostable liner to you within 5-7 business days. We will notify you of your pickup day via email.
Once your bucket arrives, first, line it with the compostable liner. Then, start filling it daily with compostable items. Below is a list of “Dos and Donts” to help you get familiar with compostable items. When in doubt, don’t include it without first getting approval.
Fruits & Vegetables
Grains & Pasta
Eggs and eggshells
Meat, fish and bones
Paper towels and tissues
Paper egg cartons (torn into pieces)
Greasy pizza boxes (recycle the clean part!)
Soiled non-coated paper/ fiber products
“BPI certified compostable” plastic products (trash can liners/bags, forks, spoons, knives, cups, bowls, plates, straws, and other service ware)
Paper towels with chemicals on them (i.e. cleaning products, natural okay)
Rocks or Stone
Plastics that are not “BPI certified compostable”
Metal, Steel, Tin or Aluminum
Personal health care products
Coated paper/fiber product
Meat and dairy are 100% compostable. Caution is generally recommended when composting these in a backyard or community setting because they are more likely to produce odors, attract pests, and require a higher level of effort to compost. The reasons these items are not an issue in curbside and commercial circumstances is because the material is containerized, disposed of routinely, and easily managed in a proper way once at a composting facility.
Leave your compost bucket (with compostable liner) at the end of your driveway or at the curb on the day designated for your KTC community pickup. Our KTC partner will collect your compost, leave you a new liner and dispose of your compost. The collected waste will be gathered, processed, and cultivated to produce compost to be used to augment soil.
Subscription Sign Up
$20.00 / month
Please note: subscribe before Thursday midnight to receive curbside pickup the next week. If you sign up after Thursday midnight, you will begin the week after.
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