Being conscious of how much trash is being generated is on a lot of people’s minds these days. In San Francisco Recology has composting ‘mostly’ handled with effective if not stinky green bins, but other areas like Tahoe and Reno don’t yet have that capacity. In Reno, I use a Lomi at my home but if you’re the type that wants something a little less pricey where they pick up for you in Reno Down to Earth Composting is making it easy.
You may have heard about composting but don’t have the time or space to do it yourself – so Down to Earth makes it easy as a subscription and takes all the work out of it. Added benefit, less garbage bags to take out without the leftover smelly tuna fish or banana peel requiring a trash run on a hot day….and in bear country that also helps keep them from raiding your garage or backyard come bear season.
How it works:
- Sign up to receive a signature green and yellow bucket (or go the drop-off route, which is BYOB – bring your own bucket).
- Fill your bucket up all week long with compostable scraps – coffee grounds and filters, tea and tea bags, fruit and veggie scraps, bread, leaves, household plants, meat, bones, nuts, shells, peels, napkins and paper towels, sawdust and wood shavings, newspaper and office paper, dirt, and herbicide/fertilizer-free grass clippings. It’s a pretty extensive list, and you’ll be surprised at how much trash you end up diverting from your garbage bin.
- Homeowners in south and central Reno can set their buckets out on designated days for the company’s “Rot Riders” to empty and clean. Otherwise, you’re free to use one of the company’s drop-off points in central Reno and Sparks, and you’ll enjoy virtually unlimited drop offs.
- Members can receive up to 40 gallons of finished compost twice annually. But fair warning – it’s on a first-come, first-served basis and you’ll need to pick it up yourself! Members will get an email notification when it’s time to come get a little of that black gold.
The monthly subscription for pick-up service is $28. For drop-off, it’s $14 per month.
So, what can’t be composted with Down to Earth?
- Dairy products
- Pet Waste
- Dryer lint
- Paper plates
- Take-out containers
- Compostable utensils and bags
- Toilet paper
- Chemically treated yard waste
It takes a few tries, but soon you’ll be an expert at recognizing what can and can’t go in your compost bucket. Sign up here and spread the word!