Details about Training Workshop Requirements Coming Soon in 2023!
If you are interested in being considered as a future participant of the community composting pilot, please fill out this form.
Gardens are not currently accepting compost; please respect gardens by not dropping off scraps at sites. If you are interested in being considered as a future participant of the community composting pilot, please fill out this form. Participants will need to be pre-approved and attend site-specific trainings to be permitted to donate food scraps to certain gardens. These trainings will occur in the winter of 2023.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation with support from Natural Resources Defense Council, is partnering with NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community-managed open space, to pilot community composting at six gardens throughout Chicago. The six community gardens will accept a select amount of small scale kitchen scraps from participating residents and compost the organic waste on site. Composting will take place using a brand new three bin compost systems designed for ease of use and optimal pest control. Just as the gardens host a community of gardeners working together to garden, the community compost operations will host a community of composters.
The six community gardens included in the pilot program are:
- Stockyard Garden (New City)
- El Paseo Community Garden (Lower West Side)
- Merchant Park Community Garden (Irving Park)
- Hermitage Street Community Garden (Englewood)
- Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden (West Garfield Park)
- Montrose Metra Community Gardens (North Center)