The dirt on how it works

        Step 1                                          Step 2                                         Step 3                                        Step 4                     We give you                            You put your food                         You leave your                                We turn your                   a bucket                               scraps and organic                           bucket out                         scraps into nutrient-rich                                                    material in the bucket                   for us to pick up                         soil that you get or                                                                                                                                                                can donate to a farm or                                                                                                                                                                   community garden         


Let us handle all the stinky parts of the process!

Why is it important 

We know it is hard to throw those vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, and eggshells into the trash week after week when you know they could be turned into black gold to help grow beautiful plants and return nutrients to the earth.  

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food. Keeping food and other organic wastes off of our landfill will have huge economic and environmental benefits for the area.

Removing the organic waste from the landfill will increase the lifespan of a landfill and save the community billions of dollars in the long term. Building a new landfill is an expensive and complicated process. A lot of new landfill applications are denied because people don’t want a landfill in their backyard. It is crucial to extend the life span of the landfills to avoid having to build new ones. When a landfill is full and no permits are given for its construction, this waste needs to be shipped elsewhere, which is very expensive.

Avoiding potential groundwater contamination: Although liners and leachate collection systems of landfills minimize leakage, liners can fail and leachate collection systems may not collect all the leachate that escapes from a landfill. That is particularly important in this geologically sensitive area.

Organic waste in landfills generates, methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By composting wasted food and other organics, methane emissions are significantly reduced.




Program Options

Pick up (City of Viroqua)

Weekly $25/month

Every other week $15/month 

Additional buckets $5/month each extra weekly bucket 


Drop-off $5/bucket 

We also do commercial subscriptions


Want to know more or sign up?  Contact us!


608-637-8200 or email us at compost@growingforgood.org

If you are ready to get started- please fill out the form below.  

For a printable document of what is and is not accepted in our compost collection - CLICK HERE

*Drop-offs must still register with us as we can only accept compost from registered subscribers with Growing For Good buckets.