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 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.” - Monique F.

Vision

We 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.

We 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”.

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OUR TEAM

Compostable Employee Monique

Monique Figueiredo - Chief Executive Officer / Founder / Co-Owner

Monique (she/her) founded Compostable in 2019 when she saw a need for additional community composting resources. Her vision for a community-led organization is woven through the fiber of Compostable's foundation.

Monique has over 8 years of non-profit experience in human services. She progressed from direct service to management, becoming an advocate for mental health funding and worker safety issues. She has since shifted to sustainability as her avenue to serve others, since caring for the natural world ultimately benefits its inhabitants as well. Monique completed UCLA's Sustainability Certificate program and further developed her knowledge through Kiss The Ground's Soil Advocate program. She serves on the advisory board for RootDown LA and helped start the LA Chapter of the California Alliance for Community Composters.

Compostable Employee Jamie

Jamie Renee Williams - Chief Sustainability Officer / Co-Owner

Jamie (she/her) leads sustainability at Compostable. In this role she advocates for activating the company's core commitment to help close the food system loop through community-led composting, policy advancement and community operational excellence in three key realms - equity, environment and economy.  

Bringing together expertise in UX Design, anthropology, urban gardening and garnering senior management experience that helped launched Tasty as BuzzFeed's most profitable product, Jamie is committed to holistic, inclusive approaches to environmental challenges that facilitate transformation of culture and planet. She recently completed a certification in Harvard's "The Health Effects of Climate Change" course and attended a training called "Coaching Address the Impacts of White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness" hosted by Healing Justice Liberation.

Drivers and On-Site Operations
Compostable Employee Cyndi
Cyndi Ho
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Compostable Employee Andreea
Andreea Botea
(she/her)
Compostable Employee Lauren
Lauren Yang
(she/her)
Compostable Employee Maddy
Taysa Porto
(she/her)
Compostable Employee Courtney
Courtney Brandt
(she/her/they/them)

“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?

During the sign-up process, you can list your preferred exchange location. If you're unsure, we will work with you to identify the perfect spot specific to your unique living situation. We've served all types of housing, from single family homes to large complexes. 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 members between 10:00am and 6:00pm, 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 or GrowGood Farm, which are LA Compost Regional Hubs. From there, the food waste goes through a process where it gradually breaks down into healthy compost that can be used for soil amendment. LA Compost then distributes this soil to the community or sells the compost to sustain their work. 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 Farm 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 regenerative efforts.

CAN WE SWITCH OUR FREQUENCY OF PICKUPS?

Absolutely - just email us to switch! We currently offer weekly service or biweekly service (every other week). You can also add a second bin to your membership for an additional $20 per month.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BIN or sawdust bag IS LOST OR STOLEN?

Please contact us to let us know. We will deliver a new bin or bag on your next service date. Please note there is a $8.00 fee for a replacement bin. and a $5.00 fee for a replacement sawdust bag.

WHAT COMMUNITIES DO YOU SERVE?

Currently Compostable provides service in LA's westside, eastside, and valley regions.

Here is a list of related neighborhoods: Angelino Heights, Atwater, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Canoga Park, Century City, Chatsworth, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Encino, Frogtown, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Holmby Hills, Lake Balboa, Los Feliz, Mar Vista, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palms, Panorama City, Playa del Rey, Rancho Park, Reseda, Santa Monica, Sawtelle, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Plaza, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, Warner Center, West Adams, West LA, Westchester, Westwood

We are always looking to expand, so please contact us if you'd like to be added to our notification list.

DO YOU PICK UP AT OFFICES, RESTAURANTS, or events?

Our main service focuses on residential members and sustainable events. We are building out models to be able to serve larger communities. Please email us to discuss your unique situation.

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.