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The Andersonville Community Compost program is a community-focused food scraps collection service provided in partnership with The Urban Canopy. Here’s a quick summary of the details:

  • Members get a clean 5-gallon bucket to throw compostable food scraps in.
  • This bucket is picked up and replaced, by The Urban Canopy, weekly, once every two weeks or once a month.
  • Food scrap buckets are then delivered to one of several local farms where the actual composting takes place. During the winter they are going to support Nature’s Little Recyclers – a worm farm in Back of the Yards!
  • Compost Club members get rewards! For every 10 buckets of food scraps collected, members can choose to receive a) bucket of finished compost for personal gardening, b) a $5 coupon to use with Urban Canopy at any of their farmers markets, c) a $5 gift to a local restaurant that composts, or d) to donate their reward!

To join the program, we currently ask members to follow the link below, complete the form  and provide an one time sign-up fee of $10. This fee is used to add you to one of our routes and includes your first bucket dropped off at your door. There are currently three options for the frequency of your pickups. The service rates are $8 for weekly pickups, $10 for bi-weekly pickups, and $12 for monthly pickups.

To sign up directly please visit:

To find out more, please contact:

 (773) 728-2995,

Composting FAQs

What can and cannot go in the bucket?

CAN: All food scraps including: vegetables, meat, dairy, cheese, coffee products and teas as well as all food soiled paper products

CANNOT: Bones, large amounts of oil, plastic lined paper products, staples from tea-bags, yard waste, and pet waste

Where do you leave the bucket? Your compost bucket is collected out of the alleyway.  An Urban Canopy crew member will leave your first bucket in the same location that you should leave it for collection the following week.  This will help ensure that the bucket will not be stolen or mistaken for trash.  If you do not have an alley or have issues with bucket theft, Urban Canopy crew members will work out a specific drop off and collection spot with you.

What happens if my bin is stolen? If your bin is stolen we can replace your bucket at a cost of $5 or source a recycled restaurant bucket free of charge if available.

Who is collecting the food-scraps? The Urban Canopy is a socially motivated urban agriculture business working throughout the city of Chicago.  Urban Canopy’s vision is to show how the urban agriculture movement can help to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.  Urban Canopy’s mission is to grow more of our food right here in the city in a sustainable way that

(a) nutrition – makes more healthy produce available

(b) environment – reduces the many miles fresh food travels to get to our plates

(c) economy – creates local jobs

(d) community – empowers our communities

Where are the food-scraps taken?The food scraps are taken to be composted at urban agriculture facilities that the Urban Canopy works with in Englewood, Bronzeville and Grand Crossing communities.  The Urban Canopy also sends some of the food scraps to be composted at Nature’s Little Recyclers, a worm composting facility in Back of the Yards


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eco-Andersonville is very happy to promote the new Recycle By City website, which includes a great Residential Guide, a Curbside Quiz, and Recycling Tips & Links. It’s a very fun, user-friendly guide on how to recycle in Chicago – especially helpful when you’re trying to decide whether an item belongs in a Blue Cart or in the garbage.

You can also recycle along Clark Street as you shop, dine, and play in Andersonville!


The Andersonville Recycles! program has been collecting paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass in the historic district since 2009. Through a partnership with the Chicago Resource Center – which guarantees a recycling rate of 99% – Andersonville Recycles! continues to be Chicago’s only comprehensive initiative to provide recycling options for pedestrians in a neighborhood commercial district outside the Loop.

  • Estimated 46 tons of recyclable material diverted from area landfills since 2009
  • 99% of recyclable material collected was recycled
  • Still the only neighborhood streetscape recycling program in Chicago offering: glass, paper, plastic and aluminum recycling
  • Recognized in the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, and Mindful Metropolis

Fifteen recycling bins located along the Clark Street commercial corridor encourage pedestrians to recycle glass, paper, plastic and aluminum. Materials in the bins are collected weekly by The Resource Center, a non-profit recycling and reuse organization that utilizes hand separation to guarantee a 99% recycle rate. Through measurements taken at each pick-up, organizers have calculated that over 4 tons of material are recycled and diverted away from landfills each year!

Andersonville Recycles has diverted nearly 35 tons of paper alone. Each ton of recycled paper equates to saving 9 barrels of oil, 60 pounds of air pollutants, 7,000 gallons of water waste, and roughly 3 cubic yards of landfill.

The recycling bins were funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.