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Help make Memphis a more sustainable community with simple
ways to compost brought to you by the Compost Fairy.

Services

SELF SERVICE

Community Drop-off
$ 0 Monthly
  • We want to help everyone in Memphis to do their part to divert waste from the landfill, so we are providing a way for you to start composting today. Bring your organics (see our Learn More page to find out what can go in the Compost Fairy bins) to the Cooper-Young Farmer’s Market or the Downtown Memphis Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. More markets coming soon.

RESIDENTIAL

Billed Monthly
$ 20
00
Monthly
  • The Compost Fairy will provide you with an airtight, sealable bucket to fill up with your compostable materials. Once a week, the Compost Fairy comes to your doorstep to collect your bucket and bring you a squeaky-clean fresh one. Twice a year, just when you need it most, we’ll provide you with screened, finished compost to be used in your flowerbed, veggie patch, or to feed new trees and shrubs as you add them to your landscaping.

OFFICE/RESTAURANT

Billed Monthly
$ 50
00
Monthly
  • Green up your business with the Compost Fairy! We will provide you with a 14-gallon roller bin to fill up with compostable materials generated in the break room or the prep kitchen. Once a week, the Compost Fairy collects your bin and delivers a squeaky-clean fresh one. Your finished compost can be used as a nutrient-rich mulch for your landscaping or be donated to a nearby school or community garden.

How it works

Step 1

Grab a Bucket

Sign up on our website and we will deliver a Compost Fairy bucket to your front door within a couple of days.

Step 2

Fill the Bucket

While you’re cooking, toss veggie scraps right into your seal-tight bucket. Coffee grounds, egg shells, & dryer lint, too!

Step 3

Swap the Bucket

Once a week, set your bucket out on your porch at night. One of our Fairies will swap it with a clean one the next morning.

Step 4

Get Compost!

In the Spring & Fall, we deliver finished compost to your front door. Don’t need your compost? We would love to donate it to one of our community partners.

Why Compost

Why Compost

“Compost” in Latin means “to bring together.” Compost is a mixture of decayed or decaying organic matter used to fertilize soil. The creation of compost is as old as the first plant on Earth. In the forest, we just call it humus. Modern composting is nothing more than the speeding up the naturally occurring process. Compost is usually made by gathering plant material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels, into a pile or bin and letting it decompose as a result of the action of aerobic bacteria, fungi, and other organisms.

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The United States sends 25,000,000 TONS of food to landfills each year.
The average US household creates 1,600lbs of compostable material per year - nearly 40% of TOTAL WASTE.
36,660,000 TONS of carbon that could be composted in the United States.

Compost Fairy in Action

Materials Diverted From Landfill

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Carbon Sequestered

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Finished Compost Created

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Partners in the Community

The Compost Fairy is proud to partner with other incredible local and nationwide organizations, who want to continue to make Memphis an even better city today & for our future. We are also a main contributor in a city-wide reforestation effort in Memphis aimed at improving environmental services and public health. Check out our friends & partners below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find ways to connect with the Compost Fairy in the community. We’re always looking for additional Fairies to help us educate our neighbors, plant native trees, and support our mission of creating a more sustainable Memphis. The Compost Fairy also visits schools and community groups to talk about all things compost and host workshops. Sign up below for opportunities through our friends at Volunteer Odyssey or contact us to arrange a visit.

Job Opportunities : As we grow, we’re committed to creating jobs in sustainability that pay a living wage. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in-the-know.

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