Mission

Compostable’s mission is to close the loop in our food systems by turning former waste into future nutrients.

We aim to make diverting food scraps from landfills an accessible goal by offering residential compost pick-up services. We are working to build sustainably-minded communities by cultivating individual awareness, empowerment, and collaboration.

DID YOU KNOW?
According to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization, if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to global warming behind only the United States and China.


Story

Monique Figueiredo is an eco-entrepreneur who stepped up to fill a community need for a convenient and reliable compost pickup service. She intends to make composting food scraps a “must-do” – just like recycling.

“When I moved from Boston to LA, I quickly realized that composting in my backyard was not something I could continue to doing. There also weren’t any pick-up services in my new community. With the support of my friends and teachers at UCLA’s Sustainability Certificate program, I decided to do my part in tackling this need. Composting sounds too good to be true, but it really is a simple solution that has massive impacts.”

Vision

I see Compostable affording people the opportunity to reduce their food waste despite any personal obstacles they may face, such as limited space, busy schedules, or personal discomfort.

I want every subscriber to feel part of a community, part of the solution, and connected to something positive and large. Compostable aims to give people the same warm feeling they get when they know they’ve “done good”.

Monique - Founder of Compostable

“Everything is a resource for something else. In nature, the waste of one system becomes food for another. This is the goal of the cradle to cradle approach: creating a cyclical process instead of a linear one – eliminating waste altogether.”  - William McDonough

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the responses to our most frequent questions. If your question isn’t answered below, please contact us.

WHAT GOES INTO MY BIN? WHAT NEEDS TO STAY OUT?

Almost anything grown in the earth can be composted. Here’s what you should and shouldn't compost.

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WHAT IF MY BIN IS FULL AND I HAVE EXTRA SCRAPS?

Because we are a small company, our capacity is limited and we can’t offer complimentary overflow pickups. But you can freeze your extra food scraps and simply put them into your bin the following week.

WHERE SHOULD I STORE MY BIN?

Everyone develops a favorite system, but here are a few pointers. You can keep your bin right under the kitchen sink or in a trash pullout. In some cases, by the end of a week, bins can get a bit smelly. A sprinkling of our sawdust – which comes from a local wood salvage company – should help with this. Otherwise, you can keep your Compostable bin outside or in a utility space. During food prep or after meals, just collect all food scraps and bring them to the bin.

WHERE SHOULD I LEAVE MY BIN FOR PICKUP?

We will determine a safe and convenient pick up place when we deliver your start up kit. Housing types vary, so we will work with you to identify the perfect location specific to your living situation. Just make sure your bin is outside in the designated spot by 9:30am on your pick up day.

DO I NEED TO BE HOME FOR PICKUPS?

No. Just place your bin is outside in the designated spot on your collection day. We’ll pick it up and leave a clean bin in its place. We service accounts between 10:00am and 4:00pm, so it may take a few hours before your clean bin arrives.

What happens to my food waste after you collect it?

We transport your scraps to Cottonwood Urban Farm, an LA Compost Regional Hub. From there, the food waste goes through a process where it gradually breaks down into healthy compost that can be used for soil amendment. Our non-profit partners sell this compost to sustain their work of building a holistic food system in LA. Compostable does not profit from these sales as we are essentially donating the feedstock.

Can I receive finished compost back?

Twice a year, Compostable members will be invited to Cottonwood Urban Farms for an exclusive visit of this beautiful space. Members can see exactly where their food scraps begin their transformation into compost. Additionally, members will have the opportunity to take home compost if they so choose. Members who do not wish to visit or obtain compost can rest easy knowing their portion is being used to support local non-profit agriculture efforts.

CAN WE SWITCH OUR FREQUENCY OF PICKUPS?

Due to our small size and limited capacity, at this time we can only offer weekly pickup services.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BIN IS LOST OR STOLEN?

Please contact us to let us know. We will deliver a new bin on your next service date. Please note there is a $5.00 fee for a replacement bin.

WHAT COMMUNITIES DO YOU SERVE?

Currently Compostable provides service in Brentwood, Culver City, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Palms, Venice and Santa Monica. We are always expanding, so please contact us if you live near the Westside.

DO YOU PICK UP AT OFFICES, COFFEE SHOPS OR RESTAURANTS?

Currently, we can only pick up at residential addresses and small offices. Unfortunately, as a small company we lack the capacity for larger pickups at this time. But please check back, as we hope to scale up in the near future.

HOW DO I PAY?

We provide you with an automated billing system so payments are effortless. We are unable to process cash or checks.

HOW DO I UPDATE MY PAYMENT/Billing Info?

Please revert back to your original order confirmation email. You will be able to follow the link that allows you to change your payment and billing information. If you have any questions please contact us.