-Chicago area: If you're a resident, try home composting pickup from Collective Resource. They give you a bucket that they pick up and replace weekly, biweekly, or monthly. They're efficient, friendly, and easy to use. Or, you can choose to participate in Healthy Soil Compost's pickup service, which is bike-powered and emission-free. You can find the list of neighborhoods that they service here. The Urban Canopy also collects compost from the South Side to be used on their urban farms - find out more here about how to sign up, if you'd like. WasteNot Compost provides a bike-powered pickup service. Residents of Andersonville can choose to participate in Andersonville's community compost program. At the Logan Square Farmers' Market, visit the City Farm booth to sign up for their composting service (no pickup or delivery dates needed; you can just drop off the buckets they provide once they're full and pick up a new one! So easy). You can also drop off your compost for a small fee (about $3) each week at the Green City Market farmers' market in Lincoln Park. Both farmers' market drop-offs are a great composting option for visitors to the city, at least during the warmer months.
-Bloomington: Check out the City of Bloomington's tips and resources for composting at home, here.
-Central Indiana: If you're an Indianapolis resident who lacks space to compost at home, I've heard great things about the Earth Mama compost service, which looks convenient and affordable. You can also choose Green with Indy, another curbside food waste collection service. Zionsville residents could consider Curbside Compostables - you can choose between a weekly and a biweekly pickup plan.
-Central Iowa: During the spring, summer, and fall, most communities offer weekly yard waste compost pickups - to find out more and see if your hometown participates, click here. For food scraps, a backyard compost pile is the way to go!
-Kansas City area: You can find places to drop off your yard trimmings, here. You can drop off food scraps and some yard trimmings at the URBAVORE Urban Farm, which is perfect for residents and even visitors to the area.
-Topeka: For a drop-off spot for organic yard waste, click here. They don't accept food scraps, but you can set up a compost bin or pile in your yard.
-Ann Arbor: For a fee, you can sign up to have the city collect your compost between April and October, both food scraps and yard waste. Learn more here.
-Grand Rapids: For small business owners in Grand Rapids, consider using New Soil, Grand Rapids' commercial composting service.
-Traverse City: Carter's Compost collects kitchen scraps by bike and composts them using vermicomposting (worms!). You can sign up for weekly pickups from this rad local business.
-Dakota County: Dakota County offers several free drop-off points for food scraps and yard trimmings. You can find one near you, and see their instructions, here.
-Minneapolis: The city is currently rolling out curbside composting in certain neighborhoods - you can learn more here. Make Dirt Not Waste keeps a list of restaurants in the Minneapolis area that compost their food waste, if you're curious and want to support them.
-St. Paul: St. Paul offers free drop-off sites, perfect for residents and visitors alike. You can find a list of sites here.
-Kansas City area: Compost Connection will pick up your yard waste (but not food scraps) year-round. You can drop off food scraps and some yard trimmings at the URBAVORE Urban Farm, which is perfect for residents and even visitors to the area.
-Kearney: In Kearney, you can deposit your yard waste at their compost drop-off site at no charge. They don't accept food waste, but that you can compost at home in your backyard, if you're able.
-Do you know of somewhere to compost in North Dakota - either a service or a drop-off point? If so, let me know and I'll add it to the list! Otherwise, consider setting up a compost pile at home in your backyard, or vermicompost in your home if you don't have access to a yard.
-Athens area: Athens-Hocking Organics offers compost pick-up or drop-off for businesses and residents (the drop-off service is at the farmers' market, and can be a really convenient, inexpensive route to go with if you regularly shop there!).
-Cleveland: Rust Belt Riders offers commercial composting for your small (or large!) business. Some of their composting is even bicycle-powered. If you'd like to sign up for their waiting list for residential pickup, you can do so here.
-Do you know of somewhere to compost in South Dakota? It can be as simple as a drop-off bin in a store or public place. If so, let me know and I'll add it to the list! Otherwise, consider setting up a compost pile at home in your backyard, or vermicompost in your home if you don't have access to a yard.
-Madison: Many University of Wisconsin buildings, such as the student unions, offer composting bins alongside their trash and recycling - this is great for students, faculty, and even travelers to the city. Find the full list of these locations, as well as what's compostable in them, here. If you're visiting the city, you can also place small amounts of compost in the buckets at Willy Street Co-op. Residents may compost their yard waste (fallen leaves, grass clippings, or gardening detritus) here. And, walking around Madison I've seen so many backyard composting setups - hooray! You can learn more about how to start your own compost pile at home, here.
-Milwaukee: If you live in Milwaukee but don't have space for a composting setup of your own, the local business Compost Express has you covered with curbside pickup of kitchen scraps for a weekly fee. Or, Kompost Kids offers many free community composting sites citywide where you can bring your organic material from your kitchen or yard. (Isn't that great? Few things make me happier than the thought of kids composting). They can also partner with you to host a zero waste event.