Food Scraps Drop-off Program

Worthington Food Scraps Drop Off Program is currently at full capacity.  No new participants can be accepted at this time.

Thanks to support from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and a partnership with GoZERO the City of Worthington has continued the program to collect and compost household food scraps. The program has proven to be very successful, and is operating a full capacity.  As such we are not able to accept new participants.  Those interested in food scraps composting can learn how to do so at home, or contact a private collection service such as The Compost Exchange. Folks that were registered for the original pilot program in 2019 will remain registered.  Please check back often to see if the program has been expanded to accommodate more participants.

Why is this being offered?

Roughly 40% of all food bought in the United States is thrown out. That’s A LOT of landfill space that can be saved, greenhouse gas that can be reduced, and usable soil amendments that can be implemented! This video explains more.

Who is Eligible?

Currently the program is at full capacity and cannot accept new participants. If new registrations become possible, the program is open to all Worthington households who actually live within City of Worthington Corporation Limits. Businesses wishing to compost may contact any of the commercial composting companies directly to join their commercial program.

How Do I Register? 

The program is currently operating at full capacity and cannot accept new registrations.

How Does it Work?

Once registered, participants will receive an email to confirm eligibility, and information regarding the drop-off location, hours of operation and restrictions. Residents may use their own 5-gallon bucket or similar container, along with compostable bag liners to collect their food scraps. To drop off food scraps, participants may follow the instructions emailed after registration.

Complete list of what you can, and what you can’t compost

What if I don’t have my own bucket?

Residents may use any container they see fit to transport their food scraps to the drop off. If you wish to use a bucket, contact one of your local restaurants. Many times they will give out buckets for no charge.  Alternately buckets can be purchased at many home centers and department stores.

Are there other options for Food Scraps?

Yes! Residents may compost their food scraps at home for use in their own gardens. Residents are also welcome to contact private companies such as The Compost Exchange to subscribe and pay for curbside collection services.

More Questions?

Visit the FAQ section of the GoZERO Website, or call the City of Worthington Service & Engineering department 614-431-2425

Compost Bucket