Why should I compost?

Besides avoiding stinky food in your kitchen trash that attracts bugs, composting is one small habit that can have a huge impact on a community and our environment. The majority of landfill waste is food waste, which turns into methane gas and is released into the environment. This greenhouse gas is 84 times more potent than CO2, which makes it a major contribution to climate change. Additionally, when food waste is trapped in landfills it locks up valuable nutrients that could be otherwise used to help create new soil and grow food - continuing the natural life cycle of plants. By taking food waste out of the loop, we must rely on mining and creating more petroleum based fertilizers to keep farms going- which isn’t sustainable. By choosing to compost, in whichever way you do it, you are helping to make our community and society more sustainable. By choosing to compost with Beaten Path, you are directly creating local jobs that pay above a living wage, while simultaneously creating a source of local soil amendment and local food! Our goal is to close the loop and build soil so we store more carbon, create biodiversity, and help heal our very hurt world.

How does it work?

Yes! To add a picture follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign Up
  2. Receive approval & pay
  3. We pick up your scraps weekly!
Learn More Here

What can I compost?

-Fruits and vegetable, pasta, rice, grains, breads, beans, nuts, all dairy including milk, eggs and eggshells, coffee, coffee filters, tea, teabags (without staples), processed foods, oils, fats, and paper products without chemicals on them.
-no meat, bones, fish, diapers, pet waste, metal, glass, plastic, chemicals, vacuum or dryer lint, rocks, lumber, logs, pills, medications, cleaning wipes, or cleaning chemicals.
Cheat Sheet coming soon!

When do you pick up the bucket?

Your bucket will be swapped out weekly on a designated day for your region. Right now it will be either Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. When you sign up, you’ll be told the exact day of the week.

Do I need to put a bag inside the bucket, or dump it straight in?

Straight in only please! We swap your bucket with a clean one weekly, so there is no fear of one getting stagnant and stinky.

How big of buckets do you offer?

For residential, the buckets are each 4 gallons. If that’s not large enough you can add on additional buckets for only $5 each per month. For commercial, we offer 32, 64, and 96 gallon bins.

Do you offer curbside pickup in my location?

If you’re in Gainesville, FL - probably! Request service here to see if our program serves your location.

Do you offer contactless pickup?

Yes! Just leave your bucket curbside and we will swap it with a clean one on your designated swap day. No contact required.

Where do I place my container?

For residents, please place your bucket curbside. For businesses, please place your container near your trash bins.

How do I upgrade my bucket size or change my plan?

Email Stephan at beatenpathcompost@gmail.com to change your subscription plan.

How much does curbside pickup cost?

We offer both residents and businesses food scrap pickup at your location, starting at $15 for residents and $45 for businesses. Learn more here.

What if I am a renter, can you still pick up my food scraps?

Probably! We serve homeowners and renters alike - the only limiting factor is if you live in a multi-story apartment complex. To see if you're qualified for our services, contact us here.

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