Compost and Waste Reduction

Green City Market is committed to creating a more sustainable Chicago by diverting waste headed for landfills. We partner with Healthy Soil Compost to process the local, organic waste produced at the Market back into nutrient-rich energy for increasing soil health and community urban farming. By composting and recycling, we reduced our waste at markets from approximately thirty garbage bins per day to just six! 

The green “Compost Center” tent, located in the center of the outdoor market, is Green City Market’s centralized waste disposal area. The tent is staffed to help market-goers sort their waste, and to ensure the compost and recycling streams are uncontaminated. For the Indoor Market, shoppers can drop-off compost by the entrance of The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

What to Compost? 
  • Food waste including fruits & vegetables, meat, oils, dairy, bones and egg shells
  • Rice & grains
  • Baked Goods & breads
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Coffee grounds, loose leaf tea, & filters (no staples!)
  • Food soiled paper products
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plant trimmings &  yard waste
  • Natural fibers
  • BPI certified bags & BPI certified paper
  • Most paper towels and napkins
What not to Compost?
  • Wax
  • Plastic
  • Metal
What to Recycle?
  • plastic #s 1-5 and 7
  • aluminum
  • glass jars and bottles
  • large cardboard boxes
What goes to the Landfill?
  • Styrofoam
  • plastic #6 and unnumbered plastics
  • animal waste

Why aren’t there more trash cans around the market?
A centralized waste disposal area ensures an effective composting and recycling program by allowing us to monitor the sorting area and avoid contamination. 

Thank you to our amazing local compost partners!

We reduce our carbon footprint by diverting food scraps from a landfill with Healthy Soil Compost, a Community Compost Program.  Start at home by visiting

We are proud to be recognized as a Gold Level Partner through Illinois Food Scrap Coalition's We Compost program. As a Gold Level Partner, we demonstrate the highest level of commitment to food scrap diversion by composting both pre-consumer and post-consumer food scrap. Click here to learn more.

Green City Market Home Compost Drop-Off 

*Now available at all of our market locations, including our Indoor Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum!

Shoppers can use their own container or bag of organic waste (up to 5 gallons) and drop it off for only $3! During the outdoor season, compost drop-offs are located at the Info Booth of our Lincoln Park and West Loop markets. During the indoor season, compost drop-offs are located just outside the entrance of The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Thank you, Healthy Soil Compost for being our partner for home compost drop-off's.

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Locations & hours
May through October (Outdoors)
Lincoln Park
N. Clark St & N. Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
Gallagher Way
3637 N. Clark, adjacent to Wrigley Field
Thursdays, 4pm–8pm
June through October (Outdoors)
West Loop, Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St
Saturdays, 8am–1pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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2613 W. Lawrence Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 880-1266

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