Compost and Waste Reduction
Green City Market is committed to creating a more sustainable Chicago by diverting waste headed for landfills. We partner with WasteNot Compost and Healthy Soil Compost to process the local, organic waste produced at the Market back into nutrient-rich energy for increasing soil health and community urban farming. By composting and recycling, we reduced our waste at markets from approximately thirty garbage bins per day to just six!
The green “Compost Center” tent, located in the center of the outdoor market, is Green City Market’s centralized waste disposal area. The tent is staffed to help market-goers sort their waste, and to ensure the compost and recycling streams are uncontaminated.
What to Compost?
- Fruits, Vegetables & Mushrooms
- Rice & Grains
- Baked Goods & Breads
- Meat Scraps & Dairy
- Coffee Grounds & Filters, Loose leaf Tea & Filters
- Spices & Herbs
- Soiled Paper Products
- Pizza Boxes
- Plant Trimmings & Yard Waste
- Natural Fibers
- BPI certified bags & BPI certified paper
- Most Paper Towels and Napkins
What not to Compost?
- liquid dairy products
- and pet droppings
What to Recycle?
- plastic #s 1-5 and 7
- glass jars and bottles
- large cardboard boxes
What goes to the Landfill?
- plastic #6 and unnumbered plastics
- animal waste
Why aren’t there more trash cans around the market?
A centralized waste disposal area ensures an effective composting and recycling program by allowing us to monitor the sorting area and avoid contamination.
Thank you to our amazing local compost partners!
To learn more about composting in Chicago, please visit their websites:
Green City Market Home Compost Drop-Off
Only available during the outdoor season!
Green City Market is proud to announce that we will be accepting household compost drop-off service at our outdoor market. Now your household can participate in our program and help transform food waste into nutrient-rich soil to be used in gardens around Chicago!
Click here to learn more about Green City Market's compost drop-off services.