At-Large Position 5

Composting

 

Pumpkin Drop-off Program

The Solid Waste Management Department and my office held a pumpkin drop-off from November 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022 at the City of Houston Reuse Warehouse. During that four-day period, we diverted nearly 10,000 pounds of pumpkins from the landfill!




The City of Houston ran its first composting pilot program from October 20, 2021 to November 27, 2021. A huge thank you goes to all our wonderful participants and partners. With their help, the three drop-off locations - Kashmere Multi-Service Center, Heights Historic Fire Station, and the Houston Botanic Garden – diverted a total of 14,551 pounds from the landfill (over 7 tons!) This program would not have been possible without our composting partners, Zero Waste Houston and Moonshot Compost, who graciously donated their time and services to the city at no cost. I'm also grateful for the enthusiastic work of all our partners: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Tarsha Jackson, Council Member Abbie Kamin, Council Member Robert Gallegos, the Solid Waste Management Department, Houston Health Department, Houston Botanic Garden, Houston Heights Association, Urban Harvest, the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and Houston Complete Communities.

Composting Companies in Houston

Moonshot Compost
Moonshot Compost

Website: www.moonshotcompost.com
Email: chris@moonshotcompost.com
Phone:  (713) 303-8775

Curbside: Yes, they offer weekly curbside service on a weekly basis for $29 per month. Customers can request an unlimited number of skips for a $5 refund.

Drop Off: Yes, they offer drop service for $10 per month. Information about our drop-off location is available on their website.

Zero Waste Houston
Zero Waste Houston

Website: www.zerowastehoustontx.com
Email: Office@zerowastehoustontx.com
Phone: (346) 814-8373

  • Curbside:
    • Yes, Weekly pick up for inside loop only $20/month
    • Weekly pick up for West U and Greater Heights $10/month
    • Weekly pick up The Woodlands $20/month 
Drop Off: Yes, The Doshi House - 3419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004 - Monday - Sunday 7:30am-5:00pm
Curb to Compost
Curb to Compost

Website: curbtocompost.com
Email: info@curbtocompost.com
Phone: (832) 350-8531

  • Curbside: Yes,
    • Every week -  $30/Month
    • Every 2 weeks - $22/Month
    • Every 4 weeks - $11/Month
Drop Off: No
Happy Earth Compost
Happy Earth Compost

Website: happyearthcompost.com
Email: admin@happyearthcompost.com
Phone: (832) 671-2559

Curbside: Yes, They offer multiple levels of service. There's a monthly option with pickup every 4 weeks ($15), every two weeks ($25), and weekly for ($35). They also provide free compost back to customers upon request.

Drop Off: Yes, they offer a drop off program where customers can come to the farmers markets and participating Whole Foods and drop off their buckets for $5. Locations vary each week.

Karma Pharma
Karma Pharma

Website: Karmapharmatx.com
Email: Austindoescompost@gmail.com
Phone: (832) 744-7574

  • Curbside: Yes,
    • 5 gallon buckets for Residential
    • Weekly swap - $40.00 (monthly)
    • Every 10 days - $30.00 (monthly)
    • Every 2 weeks - $20.00 (monthly)

Drop Off: Yes, a 5 gallon Residential bucket
Swap as needed when you're ready - $10.00 (monthly) at 15633 Elwood Dr., Jersey Village, TX. 77040 and 240 W. 18th St., Houston, TX. 77008

 

If your company is interested in being added to this list, please email atlarge5@houstontx.gov.

Why compost?

The Climate Action Plan’s waste management goals include “strengthening and supporting efforts to collect and compost food organics.”

According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, in the United States, food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills, where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 14.1 percent of these emissions in 2017.

The methane emissions from municipal landfills in 2019 were approximately equivalent to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from more than 21.6 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the CO2 emissions from nearly 12 million homes’ energy use for one year.

Houston residents, businesses and institutions generate approximately 6.2 million tons of municipal solid waste per year.

Beyond reducing waste, using compost enhances rainfall penetration, which reduces water runoff and soil erosion. This in turn reduces sediment, nutrients, and pesticide losses to streams by 75-95 percent. Compost also improves the soil and enhances beneficial microbes that help reduce plant diseases and pests, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture.