Please note:We take food scraps during our regular compost open hours as well as through our weekend sidewalk food scrap drop off. See schedule below (this schedule will continue all winter until further notice).
Q Gardens launched its composting system on April 11, 2015. With a nine bin system, a weekly average of 75 food scrap drop offs, and many hardworking volunteers, we often have mounds of compost for the taking!
When can I drop off my food scraps? We hold community composting hours on the weekend and also host a weekend sidewalk food scrap drop off.
- Compost Open Hours: Saturdays: 10:30am – 12:30pm & Sundays: 2-4 pm. Come chop with us! Please note: Face coverings and social distancing in the garden are a must and we are limited to 7 people in the garden at one time. But we look forward to seeing you!
- Sidewalk Food Scrap Drop Off Schedule: Friday 5am to Saturday 10:30am & Saturday 12:30pm to Sunday 2pm. Thanks to an arrangement with Big Reuse, you can drop off your food scraps with us during these extended hours. Please prepare your food scraps for the sidewalk bin drop off by chopping well and removing contaminants (stickers, rubber bands, twisty ties). Thank you!
What materials can I drop off? Download our flier Q Gardens Community Food Scrap Drop Off Guidelines_final_Jan 2020 and see below.
● fruit and vegetable scraps
● coffee grounds and tea leaves
● egg shells
● food-soiled paper towels or napkins (please shred!)
● fresh leaves, flowers, green plants and garden trimmings
● bread and grains (nothing with oil!)
● shredded newspaper or brown paper
Please do NOT bring:
● meat, chicken, or fish scraps
● anything with fats, grease or oil
● cheese or dairy products
● non-compostable materials such as plastic, metals or glass
● pesticide-treated plants, grass clippings, deceased or pest-infested plants
NOTE: In addition, we do not take compostable bags (they don’t break down in our system).
At home you can save your food scraps in the refrigerator or freezer; freezing will kill any food flies and bugs often found on the skin or shell of most fruits and vegetables, and the added moisture helps in the compost decomposition process. Carrying your food scraps in a reusable (and rinsable) container means no yucky plastic bag to get rid of.
How can I become a Q Gardens Compost Volunteer? We would love for you to join us! Send us an email at nataliajsucre[at]gmail.com to be added to the composting team roster.
Can I get finished compost from Q Gardens? When available, we offer compost in bulk amounts and suggest a donation of 50 cents a pound for those who are able to afford it (negotiable on a case-by-case basis). Thanks in advance! Donations from bulk compost are one of the ways Q Gardens sustains its operations. Please write to nataliajsucre[at]gmail.com to see if we have ready compost available.
Compost in moderate amounts for individual use is free! You can pick it up anytime during garden open hours (see below).