You can also drop off your food scraps at several locations throughout the city. Some accept food scraps for free, and others charge a small fee - either way, this option is usually much less expensive than using a pick-up service. Be sure to check the rules of what you can compost at each location before you begin collecting food scraps to drop off.

Chicago-area drop-off locations:

-Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park serves as a drop-off location for those enrolled in the Ground Rules Compost Program. You can sign up with a cashier at Heartland Cafe and receive a Ground Rules bucket to begin collecting your food scraps. More information about their program can be found here.

-The Urban Canopy accepts compost bucket drop-offs at their farmers' market stands. Find the list of locations here

- Green City Market now offers drop off for compost at all of their market locations for only $3! Learn more about their locations and available days and times for drop offs here.