Sustainability Series:

Compost Workshop with Nance Klehm

Wednesday, July 18
7pm @ the co-op cafe


Dig into composting and learn how it contributes to life beneath your feet with Nance Klehm, the permaculturist and ecological systems designer behind Chicago's composting ordinance. You'll gain insight into the foundation of our food system and leave with concrete steps to reduce your waste and grow healthy soil through home composting!

This workshop is the first in our new Sustainability Series, offering likeminded neighbors space to connect through highly interactive sessions that deliver practical ways for each of us to reduce our environmental impact.  Join us in the co-op cafe! 

--> Tickets are FREE for Dill Pickle owners and $5 for the general public. 

Community Composting: Owner Pilot Program

We've worked with The Ground Rules for years to recapture organic waste from our produce department and deli, returning nutrients to the soil in neighborhood gardens. 


This summer, we're excited to expand this effort with a home composting service for the wider community. To start, we're inviting up to 30 co-op owners to pilot this program with us-- visit the store to sign up!

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Compost drop-off

Bring your full bucket to the compost cage in the back parking area of the co-op and ring the receiving doorbell for staff assistance. Drop-off times are currently:

  • Mondays, 5-8pm
  • Thursdays, 5-8pm
  • Saturdays, 12-5pm

Program FEES

$19.99 initial refundable deposit, includes first bucket.

$9.99 per bucket composting fee, paid each time you take a new bucket home from the co-op.


    The Ground Rules

    Here are a few important tips:

    • Be sure your bucket’s lid is securely attached. Lidless or overflowing buckets can’t be accepted.
    • Return your full bucket within  a week or two, before contents turn anaerobic.
    • Sort carefully! Here's a quick list of materials that can and can't be composted with The Ground Rules:

    Don'T COMPOST.

    • Meat of any kind.
    • Dairy, including cheese, butter, yogurt
    • Pizza, dough, fermented foods, pickles/vinegar/soy sauce
    • Oils, fats, candles,
    • Salty snacks, candy
    • Animal or human manure, pet litter
    • Plastic, glue, clothing


    • Raw fruits & veg: peels, husks, rinds
    • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
    • Egg shells, cardboard egg cartons
    • Shredded paper, napkins, plates
    • Flowers, house plants