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Food Cycle - FAQ

Questions about Food Cycle?


  • How quickly am I going to fill up a bucket?
    Most families of four bring in a bucket once per month

  • How much does Food Cycle cost?
    Price for participating is $50 for residents to sign up and a $15 monthly fee. Business costs vary depending on size and type of business. 

  • Can I get additional buckets?
    Yes, you may get as many buckets as you want. This is a great idea to reduce the number of trips you have to make to the Center. It is a one time fee of $15 per bucket. 

  • When can I drop off my bucket?
    Buckets can be dropped off on Thursdays from 12:00 - 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. If you would like to purchase more bokashi bran during your drop-off, please email the day before your visit and we will have a bag waiting for you!

  • What can I add to my bucket?
    ANY organic material. This includes meat, bones, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Do I need to use bokashi bran even if I am vegan?
    Yes, bokashi bran will ferment the food waste which preserves it until we are ready to compost it.

  • How much bran do I add?
    See the bokashi instruction sheet. Download the Bokashi Best Practices Fact Sheet.

  • Can I add paper towels?
    Yes, you can add paper towels even if they are bleached. However, the goal of this program is to reduce food waste more than paper waste.

  • Can I add food that is already moldy?
    Yes, moldy food is A-okay. It has already started its decomposition process.

  • Can I add raw meat to it?
    Yes, you can add any meat, bones, and animal products freely.

  • Can I pick up finished compost?
    Compost is a hot commodity. Picking up finished compost is part of the program but is not always available.

If you have any questions, please email