Food Scraps Drop-off Pilot Program

Worthington is participating in a Food Scraps Drop-off Pilot Program!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and a partnership with Innovative Organics, the City of Worthington is participating a pilot program to collect and compost household food scraps. 

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.

At this time, all available slots have been spoken for, and we are not accepting new participants.  This pilot program concludes February 14, 2020.  At that time, all buckets provided by Innovative Organics must be returned in like new condition.

Residents may explore curbside compost opportunities

Several companies offer a paid compost drop off, as well as a paid curbside pick up service to find out more please visit:

Innovative Organics

The Compost Exchange


How Does it Work?

Once registered, participants will receive a fact sheet outlining what may be collected for composting.  Residents may use their own 5-gallon bucket or similar container to collect their food scraps.  To drop-off food scraps, participants may sign in at the Service and Engineering Building weekdays between 7:30am and 4:00pm, dump their scraps and be on their way. 

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

What if I don’t have my own bucket?

Residents may also lease a bucket from Innovative Organics which must be returned at the conclusion of the program.  The program will go until February 14, 2020.

If the pilot program is successful, the City of Worthington will explore options to expand the program to all households in Worthington.

Have more questions?  Visit the FAQ section of the Innovative Organics Website, or call the City of Worthington Service & Engineering department 614-431-2425

Compost Bucket