- Place compost collection containers in high-use areas like food prep, dish scraping and coffee making.
- Replacing garbage cans with compost containers where possible. Keep some garbage cans nearby for twist ties, plastic bags and other non-food waste items.
- Label all composting containers. Order free posters and stickers.
- Train staff. Sustainability at Work offers employee training and presentations. Presentations educate and inform front line and back-of-house staff about how to compost.
How to get started
- Call your garbage and recycling company to request service (or call your property manager if they handle the building’s garbage).
- Every garbage and recycling company is required to provide composting service if the customer requests it.
- The City of Portland does not set garbage, recycling, or composting rates – businesses choose a garbage and recycling company to work with and negotiate the type and cost of service directly with the company.
- Businesses often find it helpful to request bids for composting service from their own garbage and recycling company, as well as a few others doing business in Portland. All commercial haulers are listed online.
- Since food that was going into garbage will be going into compost, you may be able to reduce your garbage service level.
- Set up you food prep area.
- These green containers are available from your garbage and recycling company:
- Colors matter: if you purchase your own containers, try to stick with green for compost, blue for recycling, and brown/grey/black for garbage.
- Counter-top containers:
- Buckets for prep areas can be helpful.
- Purchase green pails, or repurpose buckets or pails you already have by labeling with a compost sticker.