Community Compost Program

Compost: the result of tending to organic matter during its natural decomposition process so that it becomes a nutrient-dense soil amendment to feed our plants.

The Community Compost Program is an initiative offered by Waste Loop in partnership with Winton Mfg. Compost works. With this program, you can drop off household food waste at three organic waste drop-off locations. Winton’s new commercial composting facility at Cole's Corner will turn your food and yard waste into local, high-quality, nutritious compost that will be resold within the community.

How It Works

#1. Become a member

To become a member, begin by taking our Compost Questionnaire. This is an educational tool to help you understand how this program works, and get you excited to begin! Don’t worry, there are no wrong answers. You will also enter your contact and payment information for the monthly subscription. A complimentary 5-gallon bucket is included in part of your membership to help you start composting!

#2. Fill it up

Now for the fun part! Consult our list of approved compostable items on what you can and cannot add to your bucket. Be sure to share this with each household member so that you can help one another to keep contaminants out of the bucket. 

Find a new home to store your compost bucket. Under the sink, in a closet, or in a garage are great locations as long as it is kept cool and out of direct sunlight. Keeping the lid secure will help keep odors in, and pets and other pests out! Washing your bucket often with soap and warm water and letting it air out will help keep odors to a minimum. 

#3. Drop it off

Take your bucket to one of our drop-off locations. Its contents will be taken up to Winton Mfg. Compost Works to be composted.

Now that you have successfully diverted your food waste from the landfill, it is ready to get turned into compost! Take your filled bucket to one of our Drop Off Locations and imagine all of the plants that will benefit from the compost generated from your home food waste. We recommend washing your bucket after emptying to minimize odors.

Drop-off locations:

Sage Mountain Natural Foods
Mon-Sat 8 am-8 pm
Sun 11am-8pm

Leavenworth Farmer's Market
Thursdays 4 pm-7 pm

Leavenworth Recycling Center
Wed. 4:30-6:30
Sat. 11 am-3 pm

More locations to come, so stay tuned!

What's Compostable?


Coffee grounds and filters
Fruits and vegetables
Citrus fruit and peels
Grains and pastas
Baked goods
Houseplant clippings
Meat, fish, and bones
Eggs and egg shells
Dairy products (no liquids)
Newspaper and pizza boxes
Nuts and seeds
Hair clippings


Plastics and styrofoam
Pet or human waste
Rocks or stones
Rubber bands
Twist ties or stickers
Fat or grease
Metal or utensils
Plastic wrap or foil
Diapers or pet litter

Did you know?

Ready to sign up? Start by taking the Compost Questionnaire!
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The Benefit of Composting

Save Money

Save your dollars by diverting food waste that would otherwise go to the landfill, and giving it the opportunity to be recycled into a new resource - compost! 

Support Local

By choosing to participate in this program you are supporting Winton Mfg. Compost Works and Waste Loop. Your locally spent dollars help grow the community and ‘close the loop’ closer to home.

Cleaner Trash

Your trash that is not compostable and still destined for the landfill will be less smelly. No more dripping trash filled with moldy food means the chore of taking the trash out won’t be as gross!

Healthier Planet

Methane Gas is a greenhouse gas that is released into the atmosphere when food decomposes in a landfill. This is because it isn’t given the proper environment and attention to turn it into a safe decomposed soil amendment. Methane Gas is 80 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide, making it a lead contributor to climate change according to the EPA.


What happens after you drop off your food scraps?
How do I keep my bucket free of pests and bad smells?
I can’t participate in the program. Do you have tips for composting at home?
How does composting help with climate change?

Ready to sign up? Start by taking our Compost Questionnaire!

About Winton Mfg. Compost Works

Winton Mfg. Compost Works is a state-of-the-art commercial composting facility located in Leavenworth, WA. Winton is equipped to accept yard waste, food waste and agricultural byproducts from our community in order to transform it into high-quality compost. Through computer-monitored technology and advanced membrane covers on active compost piles, Winton efficiently manages the natural process of decomposition. Their hard work pays off with a nutrient-dense compost product that is an essential component of healthy soil and, in turn, healthy plants. 

Waste Loop is proud to partner with Winton Mfg. Compost Works to bring this composting service to our community. A big thank you to the team at Winton for partnering with us in this initiative!

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