Compost pickup service offered in Albany

flikr compost worms

With their help, trash becomes treasure.

Your orange peels and coffee grounds can make Albany a better place.

If you like the idea of composting but don't have the space, time or inclination to do it on your own property, the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is offering Albany residents a pickup service. You place your food scraps in a container fitted with an odor-filtering lid and set it out once a week for collection.

The Radix Center, an educational organization that looks to teach city dwellers how to grow their own food, will use the resulting compost to remediate the soil of their Mansion Neighborhood site. They're building a greenhouse in a vacant lot at Grand and Warren streets.

So far, says Radix's Scott Kellogg, they've gotten a "pretty positive response" to the compost pickup program.

There is a monthly fee, but you'll be keeping more stuff out of the landfill and assist in the development of an urban sustainability project. And you'll make a lot of red wigglers really happy.

Previously on AOA: The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center

Photo: Flikr user crabchick


That's super neat! I had a compost back up north and it was the best thing ever. I always wished there was a way to do it in a city environment.

Maybe I'm missing the point here, but I'd be totally into this if they weren't charging a fee (or if it was less, say $5 a month). I understand that this is a nonprofit organization and a good cause, but I'd be more likely to participate if I could collect my own compost and deliver it to them once per week with no fee.

They charge $20 for a container and $15/months for the pickup!
A nice rotating backyard composter is less than $100 at Ocean State and will last for quite a while.

Sorry, but get real. $20 for the container and $15 a month? There are cheaper (free) ways to compost in the city, and you can donate your scraps to gardening friends or a community garden for nuthin'.

Great idea.

But we'll stick with "things you can toss over your fence" for $0, Alex.

At least they're not using chickens

I actually think this is a great service and have been using it for the past couple of months. We did compost in our backyard for awhile. It was messy, our dogs would eat from it and get sick, and we weren't very good at adding the appropriate "roughage" to keep it healthy and non-stinky.

With the compost service from Radix, I paid my $20 one-time fee for a really nice container that fits perfectly under my sink and has an odor filter. I put my container out every Wednesday, they collect it, and leave me with a new compostable bag. Sure, I live right down the street from the Radix Center and could easily bring it there for free or give it to my gardening friends, but I really like supporting this organization. They are doing amazing, innovative, transformative work in our city. I'd gladly donate $15 a month to them for nothing in exchange, but instead I get to participate in a really cool project and don't have to think twice about maintaining a compost pile.

This service is perfect for people with small backyards, apartment-building dwellers, and busy people who want to do right by the environment by composting but don't have the time or space to keep it up.

It's amazing that things like this exist in Albany. I'm really excited to see the evolution of the Radix Center, and am grateful that I only have to look down my block to do so.

I'd do it. I live in an apt, have very little use for compost myself and don't have any method of delivering anything I composted anywhere. For me $15 is the cost of three happy hour drinks, or 4 fancy coffees. I've spent more for less useful reasons.

I compost here in the city and find it easy to do. I think about it every time I am hauling less trash out to my curb on trash pickup day, and when I read about the woes of our overflowing landfill. So for those who can't or won't compost I think this is a great idea. While $15 might seem like a lot, if you look at the value of reducing your own waste while supporting a worthwhile organization, then it's a good deal. And the $20 container is a one time fee- you can use it should you start composting on your own.

When Albany starts looking into pay as you throw again, the cost will seem much more palatable.

You may be surprised at the amount of compostable waste you produce.

Hi there. Comments have been closed for this item. Still have something to say? Contact us.

The Scoop

For a decade All Over Albany was a place for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. It was kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who could help you find out what's up. AOA stopped publishing at the end of 2018.

Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine