Composting Made Simple with Zero Waste in The Woodlands

By: Rachel Norton
| Published 04/27/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX — Zero Waste The Woodlands makes composting simple with weekly residential pickups. They take the food waste from your home directly to Nature’s Way Composting Facility, saving you time and effort.

Those who sign up for the residential pickup, which costs $20 a month, will follow these 6 steps:

Step 1
Visit Zero Waste’s subscriptions page to select your food waste pickup plan and sign up.

Step 2
Zero Waste delivers a collection bucket right to your doorstep. The bucket is five gallons with a twistable lid.

Step 3
Add a liner to your bucket. Always use compostable liners, buy your own or get one from Zero Waste here.

Step 4
Add food waste and other compostables to your bucket. Make sure you know what to compost - Zero Waste’s list is a good resource.

Step 5
Leave your full bucket out on your pickup day. If you need more than one bucket to collect your compostables, contact Zero Waste to get a second.

Step 6
Your bucket gets emptied every week and the waste is taken to composting facility, Nature’s Way Resources. It is then used for Erosion Control & Vegetation Establishment, as well as Soil Restoration & Maintenance.

Why Compost?
The Benefits of Composting by the United States Environmental Protection Agency:

• Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
• Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
• Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.
• Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

Read the EPA’s full article here to the learn the ins-and-outs of composting at home.

What to look out for to keep your compost free of contamination:
- Peel off stickers found on produce
- Twist ties
- Rubber bands
- Accidentally throwing trash into the composting bin

Zero Waste works with businesses as well:
Zero Waste collects compost from commercial entities as well as residential. They have partnered with The Houston Zoo, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Woodlands Children's Museum, Houston Methodist of The Woodlands, as well as private schools around Houston.

Zero Waste also offers:
• Composting Site Design / Install / Maintenance
• Waste Consulting
• Free food waste & compostables drop-offs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Houston Advanced Research Centers (HARC).

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
— Wendell Berry

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