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City Announces Winter Composting Options

Post Date:11/14/2019 9:17 AM

CompostingThe City of Evanston’s Food and Yard Waste Collection service will officially end for the season on Thursday, December 12. In lieu of this service, residents can sign up for the Winter Gap Composting Program offered by Collective Resource, Inc. (CRI), the City’s exclusive food scrap hauler.

This 16-week program allows residents to pay a one-time fee to have a composting bucket dropped off at their residence for weekly or biweekly pickup. Service options include a five-gallon bucket or a 32-gallon tote. Families of four typically have one bucket pick-up weekly. Collections will take place the week of December 9 through the week of March 30.

To sign up for this service, residents should contact Collective Resource directly by either filling out their contact form at or calling 847-733-7665. The one-time Winter Gap fee starts at $82, with an optional additional counter-top container fee for $10. Prepayment is required. CRI will email participants with the exact date their bucket or tote will be dropped off during the week of December 9 and will email pick-up reminders throughout the program. 

By participating in the program, residents help reduce the City’s impact on climate change. Composting helps reduce the amount of methane gas that enters the atmosphere, saves space in landfills, and returns the nutrients in food back to the soil. Since January 2018, the City has diverted more than 700,000 pounds of compostable food scraps from the landfill. 

The CRI food scrap collection service is offered year-round and customers may elect to continue the service beyond March 2020. Questions should be submitted via CRI’s contact form or by calling 847-733-7665.

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