Food scrap pick-up service (FREE for residents of Kent & Ottawa Counties)
Want to keep your food scraps out of the landfill? Don't really have the capacity to compost yourself? Our composting worms would love to take your scraps off your hands!
Your food scraps will be fed to our composting worms, who will turn it into a nutrient-rich soil amendment: our Living Worm Compost.
Our service, which runs May through October, is free to anyone living in Kent or Ottawa County, Michigan! We only ask that you pay a $10 refundable deposit for the buckets. At the end of the season, as long as we are able to collect your bucket from you, and all of your buckets throughout the season return to us in good condition, you'll get your $10 back as a $10 Good Sweet Earth credit.
Here's the best part: For every full bucket of food scraps we pick up, we'll give you a $4 credit for Good Sweet Earth products and services.
We are a bit picky about what we feed our worms (it's the reason why our Worm Compost is so great!) Our list of forbidden foods is a bit longer than other food-scrap programs: Nothing with small seeds, nothing acidic, nothing spicy. That means no tomatoes, berries, cucumbers, peppers, or citrus in the bucket. It also means no egg shells, no meat, no dairy, no cooked or processed foods, no oils. So what's good? Root and leaf veggies, celery, carrots, apples, avocado skins, onions, fruits with pits, banana peels, potato skins, etc.
And because we're so picky about the foods we accept, we reward you with $4 for each bucket of scrap you give us!
When you sign up, you'll receive: A 3.5 gallon bucket, a tight-fitting lid, a list of things you can and can't put into the bucket, plus a regular update on how much you've earned.
The credits you earn carry over from season to season, and can be used on any of our products or services (including organic lawn service).
Be a part of healing soil in lawns, gardens and small farms all across West Michigan by vermicomposting your food scraps with Good Sweet Earth!
(We incorporate our food scrap pick-ups into our lawn fertilization route. Once you let us know you're ready for a pick-up, we'll let you know the next time we'll be in your neighborhood, and it'll typically be within a week. This allows us to offer this service for free, while also limiting our gas consumption. This is also why we only offer this service from May through October.)