What is a compost hub? 

LA Compost community and regional hubs are a decentralized network of composting infrastructure throughout Los Angeles County. Our team of knowledgeable composters and soil enthusiasts help educate, facilitate and build cohesive composting communities neighborhood by neighborhood. To find your local hub, please search the map


Where/what is LA Compost?

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. 


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 rather faster than the bioplastics take to decompost. 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 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 acitivities and workshops offered at the compost hubs. Enjoy the connection to the vibrant ecosystems throughout LA. 

 


Can i drop my food scraps at farmers markets?

We're working on it. 


How do I get involved with LA Compost?

You can volunteer at your neighborhood compost hub. You can attend a workshop or workday in your neighborhood. And if you don’t have a compost hub in your neighborhood, please fill out our survey so we can make that available in the future. 


What markets do you serve?

LA Compost is working to build cohesive composting infrastructure in Los Angeles, which includes local processing of organics. 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 colletively 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 juliamande@lacompost.org