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FAQ

How does it work?

It’s easy! Sign up on the KTC website kidsthatcompost.org. Neighborhood KTC teams will drop off a KTC branded bucket, lid, rubber band, liner instructions and a compostable liner. Fill the bucket with compostable waste. Put your bucket on the curb once a week to be picked up. Our pickup partner will leave another liner in the bucket for you for the following week! Repeat.


How are kids involved?

Kids are educating about composting, recruiting curbside pickup subscribers, presenting the initiative to friends, neighbors, teachers, administrators and to the community at events. They are inspiring and motivating in schools through sustainability and environmental clubs. They are learning entrepreneurial skills and mentoring. There are opportunities for kids to work on reports, capstone projects and to fulfill community service hours/projects as well. If you know of any presentation opportunities for Kids That Compost in your neighborhood or want to get your kid involved, let me know at colleen@kidsthatcompost.org.


How much does it cost?

The service is only $20.00 a month.


Can I compost things like paper towels or cardboard?

Absolutely! Cardboard, too, which needs to be torn into small pieces. Fun fact: paper egg cartons are made of recycled paper already so you can’t recycle them BUT you can compost them! Or return to your favorite farmer to reuse.


Can I compost my coffee grounds and filters?

Absolutely!


Can I compost meat and dairy

Absolutely!


What if I don't generate enough waste to fill my bucket?

No worries! The bucket does not have to be full for us to pick it up! The idea is to keep anything that can be composted out of the landfill, even if it’s just table scraps or banana peels.


How do I know my delivery day?

If you live in most Columbus neighborhoods, your delivery day is Tuesday. If you live in Grandview, Upper Arlington or in Miranova downtown your pickup day is Wednesday. Please put your bucket out by 8 a.m. You will receive an automatic welcome email when you sign up. This will also confirm your pickup day. If you have any questions about this, email me at colleen@kidsthatcompost.org.


I've heard that compost can smell bad. What can I do to avoid this?

You shouldn’t have a problem. First, make sure you keep your bucket clean using soap and water. Further, you could sprinkle some soil and/or place newspaper under the lid. Consider holding particularly aromatic items in the fridge or freezer until you put your bucket out. Ensure that your lid is properly secured. See this video for proper closure technique for your lid.


Where do my food scraps go? Can I buy compost from Kids That Compost?

Your food scraps and other compostable waste go to two facilities that process them into compost or “black gold”. It is sold to commercial, wholesale and retail markets. We are not selling it yet! We hope to make it available in the future.


I already compost, but I still want to help out. What can I do?

Thank you for asking! You can make a gift to the initiative, provide corporate sponsorships and encourage and recruit others to participate. Contact colleen@kidsthatcompost.org for more information


And finally! What can I compost? What can't I compost? 
    Can: 
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Grains & Pasta
  • Baked goods 
  • Beans 
  • Coffee grounds, tea and tea bags
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Dairy products
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • Paper egg cartons (torn into pieces)
  • Greasy pizza boxes (recyle the clean part!)
  • Wood
  • 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)
    Can't: 
  • Paper towels with chemicals on them (i.e. cleaning products, natural okay)
  • Rocks or Stone
  • Glass 
  • Plastics that are not “BPI-certified compostable” 
  • Metal, Steel, Tin or Aluminum 
  • Electronics 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Personal health care products 
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Non-compostable packaging 
  • Coated paper/fiber products 
  • Pet waste