How it Works
Since 2017, Compost NOW has partnered with New Orleans Public Library to secure drop off centers that build upon on the community model that fosters sharing, reuse and welcomes people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
We set up compost bins at 10 local libraries in different New Orleans neighborhoods throughout the week. Find our schedule here.
You freeze your food scraps throughout the week and bring them in a compostable bag or reusable container to our drop off locations. Freeze it, bring it, dump it, go!
We can accept 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.
We partner with local organizations—like Schmelly's Dirt Farm, Speak Easy Farm, Sugar Roots Farm and Abundance Flower Farm—that pick up the food waste and transport it to local farms where it is turned into nutrient-rich compost or fed to the farm pigs and hogs!
We also work to limit the amount of travel needed to transport food waste to farms to keep our carbon impact as low as possible.