Food Scraps Drop-off Program

Worthington is continuing its Food Scraps Drop Off Program!

Thanks to support from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and a partnership with GoZERO the City of Worthington is continuing its program to collect and compost household food scraps. The program will operate much as it has over the last year during the pilot. All that will currently change is the vendor collecting the scraps. If you were not part of the original pilot and wish to participate, please fill out the web form below. An email will be sent letting you know if you’re qualified for the program, and how to get started.  Folks that were registered for the original pilot program in 2019 do not have to re-register-you’re already signed up!

Why is this being offered?

Roughly 40% of all food bought in the United States is thrown out. That’s A LOT of landfill space that can be saved, greenhouse gas that can be reduced, and usable soil amendments that can be implemented! This video explains more.

Who is Eligible?

The program is open to all Worthington households who actually live within City of Worthington Corporation Limits. l Businesses wishing to compost may contact any of the commercial composting companies directly to join their commercial program.

How Do I Register? 

To register for the program, fill out and submit the online form by clicking the link below, or call the Service & Engineering Department at 614-431-2425 weekdays between 7:30am and 4:30pm.

Food Scraps Registration Form

How Does it Work?

Once registered, participants will receive an email to confirm eligibility, and information regarding the drop-off location, hours of operation and restrictions. Residents may use their own 5-gallon bucket or similar container, along with compostable bag liners to collect their food scraps. To drop off food scraps, participants may follow the instructions emailed after registration.

Complete list of what you can, and what you can’t compost

What if I don’t have my own bucket?

Residents may use any container they see fit to transport their food scraps to the drop off. If you wish to use a bucket, contact one of your local restaurants. Many times they will give out buckets for no charge.  Alternately buckets can be purchased at many home centers and department stores.

Are there other options for Food Scraps?

Yes! Residents may compost their food scraps at home for use in their own gardens. Residents are also welcome to contact private companies such as The Compost Exchange to subscribe and pay for curbside collection services.

More Questions?

Visit the FAQ section of the GoZERO Website, or call the City of Worthington Service & Engineering department 614-431-2425

Compost Bucket