Compost Drop Off & Waste Reduction

Please note: we will not have a compost drop-off service while our winter indoor market is closed, but you can continue to reduce your food waste by signing up for Healthy Soil Compost's home pick-up service. Mention Green City Market when signing up to receive a one-time $10 discount off your first month of pickups!

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! 

Green City Market Home Compost Drop-Off 

Shoppers can use their own container or bag of organic waste (up to 5 gallons) and drop it off for only $3! Year-round, our compost drop-off station is located at the Info Booth at our Lincoln Park, West Loop and Indoor markets. Thank you, Healthy Soil Compost for being our partner for home compost drop-offs.

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 disposable products, including industrially compostable plastics
  • Most paper towels and napkins

What not to compost?

  • 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?

Centralized waste disposal areas ensures an effective composting and recycling program by allowing us to monitor the sorting area and avoid contamination. 

Thank you to our local compost partner!

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.

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