Our mission is to empower Durham to sustainably reduce its waste by diverting food scraps from the landfill to a local composting facility in order to produce healthy, vibrant, living soil for local use.
We affordably service households, apartments, condos and more. Sign up now to join our weekly collection service of residential food scraps by bicycle.
If you are a restaurant, cafe, or other kind of business we also service you! Please contact us for a free consultation. We will work together to develop a compost plan that fits your needs.
Tilthy Rich Compost was born out of necessity. Durham’s urban agriculture movement and resulting zone changes were taking hold in early 2013. Many people, including top-level city governing officials, worked together to bring urban agriculture to Durham. However, the crucial component of resource recycling through composting was largely lacking in the conversation. "Farm-to-table" is now commonplace, but what about "table-to-farm"? Chris Russo, with great support and effort of many others, sought to change this.
Our goal is to change norms around what is considered waste. Through composting we expand the meaning of “local food” and recycling. We aim to make composting accessible to everyone, and a common practice in the city of Durham. It is a crucial step toward creating a more sustainable city.
sign up here. We deliver a bucket to your front door in a jiffy.
collect the contents of your bucket weekly, clean your bucket and leave you with a clean liner
receive nutrient dense vermi-compost twice annually.
feel good about your choice to responsibly deal with your food scraps and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same
visit your business/restaurant to assess your wants and needs for a composting system, propose a monthly cost for collection to which you indubitably oblige, and we provide you receptacles for your organics.
collect the contents of your tote(s), and leave you shiny clean ones.
have the option to receive a bi-annual return of compost. We also feature you on our website as a partner, and blow you up on social media
support a growing trend in Durham of waste reduction, diversion, and accountability and your people love you for it.
We are growing! Currently we service roughly the area outlined in the map, in and around downtown Durham, but if you are currently outside of our range don’t hesitate to contact us. If you can corral some neighborly support, we're happy to extend our coverage. Please reach out to see if we can access your neighborhood safely by bicycle!