Compost Drop-off Schedule
- 2019 -
Norman Mayer Library | 2:00pm–3:30pm
Children’s Resource Center | 4:00pm–5:30pm
Martin Luther King, Jr Library | 5:30pm-7:00pm
Nora Navra Library | 5:30pm–7pm
Friends of NOPL Carriage House Bookshop/behind Latter Library | 12:30pm–2:00pm
Mid City Library | 5:30pm–7:00pm
Main Library | 8:30am-10am
Alvar Library | 5:30pm–7:00pm
Rosa Keller Library | 10:30am–12pm
Hubbell Library | 2:00pm–3:30pm
Please DO NOT drop off your compost outside of the days and hours specified above. Doing so jeopardizes our partnership with New Orleans Public Library which allows us to host our free collections. Thank you!
What to Bring
Frozen fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, pits, seeds), eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, filters, plain grains, plain pasta or plain bread in a paper or compostable bag or bring scraps in a reusable container.
NO MEAT, NO DAIRY, NO OILY FOODS, NO BONES.
Why frozen? The agreement with the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) is that scraps must be frozen, to avoid potential smells, roaches and rodents at the library. Also, freezing your scraps means no smell, fruit flies, roaches or rodents for you at home PLUS freezing breaks down the cell membrane, speeding up the decomposition process.
“The idea is to keep community resources in the community.”
Lynne Serpe | Founder
Compost NOW is a free residential food waste collection project in New Orleans. Master Composter Lynne Serpe and our team of volunteers partner with the New Orleans Public Library to build on the community library model of reuse and resource sharing in a place that's convenient to everyone, across all demographics and ages. It is based of of the model Lynne started and ran with the Queens Library system—which is still ongoing years later.
Founded in January 2017, our ultimate goal is to build a network of community composters in every neighborhood in New Orleans, collectively diverting tons of food waste from the landfill each month. In 2019, we hope to divert 100,000 pounds of food waste from the landfill to local farms and compost centers.