What is compost?

Compost is a verb: it is the process of decomposing organic matter.

Compost is a noun: the finished product of decomposed materials.

Food scraps become compost or are composted

What is a compost hub?

A compost hub is a space where food scraps are processed into finished compost. Community Hubs are shared spaces in gardens, schools, parks, places of worship and places of work. Regional Hubs are slightly larger spaces accepting food scraps from local kitchens and small businesses. Hubs are available for food scrap drop off, compost education, hands on learning, and access to healthy soils.

Where can I drop off food scraps?

Many of the community hubs offer open hours for food scrap drop off. Please email info@lacompost.org with your local hub and we can provide drop off instructions. When dropping off food scraps please be respectful of the community space. We are exploring ways to make drop offs more accessible at farmers markets and public spaces. 

What can I compost?

Anything edible or grown from the earth can be composted, a healthy compost has a variety of nitrogen and carbon sources and isn't heavy on just one ingredient. A compost pile that is well managed, with good aeration, heat and moisture can process meats and dairy- however many of the community hubs prefer not to accept meats and dairy because they are located in open, public spaces. To keep it simple...

YES: Fruits & Vegetables, Coffee Grounds & Filters, Eggshells, Shredded Newspapers, Old Flowers

NO: Meat & Dairy Scraps, Cat Litter, Pet Feces, Fats & Greasy Foods, Bioplastics*
* we know, it says compostable, but our piles break down food scraps faster than the bioplastics take to decompose. Bio-plastics can be collected and remanufactured right here in LA

How do I store my food scraps?

You can store food scraps in a reusable glass, plastic or cardboard container. You can keep the scraps in the freezer to halt decomposition while softening the cell wall structure. Or keep kitchen scraps in a bin mixed with shredded papers and leaves to begin the decomposition process.  

Do you pick up food scraps?

No. We are working to make drop hubs more accessible. We invite you to engage with the various activities and workshops offered at the compost hubs and enjoy the connection to the vibrant ecosystems throughout LA. 


Can I drop my food scraps at farmers markets?

Atwater Village Farmers Market accepts household food scrap drop offs on Sundays from 10-2pm

Motor Avenue Farmers Market accepts household food scraps drop offs on Sundays from 9-2pm

We are working on more!

How do I get involved with LA Compost?

You can volunteer at your neighborhood compost hub. Visit our volunteer page to learn more.

What markets do you serve?

We want to keep the resource local, for healthy compost to use in your home, garden, or urban farm. We know that no single non-profit or waste hauler can manage the organics waste of the entire county. Educational programs help reduce food waste and reduce contamination in sorting. Community composting can collectively contribute significant waste diversion. By developing regional models of food scrap collection and compost processing we can begin to meet the demands of small scale commercial kitchens, corporate offices and small grocers, while producing high quality, compost, full of life to build resilient and healthy soils.

Can I buy finished compost?

Compost made at our community hubs is used by the community members in their garden beds and for plants at home. Those contributing food scraps have access to the finished compost.  
We work with landscapers, garden managers, and urban farmers for direct compost sales. For questions on compost application methods or to purchase LA Compost bags, please contact michael@lacompost.org