city compost.

Composting has been part of my routine for a long time. When I moved to Chicago, composting my food scraps had become so integral to my life I never considered stopping, even despite my lack of yard space. After doing some research online, I found Collective Resource, a compost service that operates in my area. For about $20 a month, they bring me a five gallon bucket that I fill with discarded food scraps. Once full, they remove the bucket and replace it for me: weekly, biweekly, or monthly. I love working with them - their service is so easy and affordable. No smell, no bugs, no hassle. And no guilt over throwing away organic matter.

If you live in a city, consider casting about for a small bit of yard space where you can start a compost pile - a few square feet are all you need. If none is available, perhaps a local composting service exists and will pickup your compost for a small fee. Or, maybe a nearby farmers’ market or community garden would accept your food scraps.

 To find composting sites near your home or a vacation spot, I’ve started a national list here.

Photograph of a locust tree near my home. Rotting food doesn't photograph well, for some reason :)