Give Your Food Scraps a Proper Burial
ecoRI Earth, an offshot of ecoRI Inc. — with support from New Urban Farmers (NUF), Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT), the cities of Providence and Pawtucket, The Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) — is a pilot residential food-scrap collection service for residents in Providence, Edgewood/Pawtuxet and southern Pawtucket.
For $32 a month, Earth will pick up food scraps from your home once a week; or for $16 a month, Earth will pick up every other week. The food scraps will be transported to and composted at NUF in Pawtucket or at City Farm in Providence.
Revenue generated from this pilot venture will be used to help fund ecoRI Inc. With grant funding scarce for nonprofit journalism, Earth is a creative way to help the environment and provide a service while generating a small revenue stream for our news website.
Customers will receive a portion of this nutrient-rich soil back each spring, if they want. You also can donate it to a school garden project or to a local community garden.
The average American throws out 140 pounds of food scrap a year; we’ll pick up all 140 pounds and turn it into nutrient-rich compost that will be used to grow local food.
If you are interested in signing up, please fill out the form below. For more information, e-mail Kevin or call Frank at 401-678-0206. Don't live within our service area? Let us know you are interested in the service by filling out the form below. If we can get enough people in your area to show interest, we may be able to expand the program to your neighborhood.