How It Works

2. Scrape

4. Let Us Compost!

1. Eat

3. Curb

1. Eat



Have a question? No problem! This is a weird business, and we’ve heard it all!
Where does LUC take its compost?
LUC hauls its compost to the Athens Clarke County Composting Facility, where it is mixed with wood chips and turned with a massive machine. After about 6-8 weeks, the compost is screened and sold at the Athens Clarke County Composting Facility for $12/yard.

Can I get my compost back?
We're currently working on a program to return your compost to you as part of your monthly service. Stay tuned for updates!

Can I compost pet litter?
No. We do not accept pet wastes.

How can I get a second or third bucket? How much does it cost? Just email us, and we’ll have an additional bucket dropped off on your next service day. Each additional bucket costs $5/month, which we will add onto your monthly charge.

Can I drop off my compost?
No. We experimented with this last year via a non-profit initiative called Vulture Cycle. It was fun and wonderful! We hope to bring that back someday, but not yet.

Are you a for-profit business?

Are you a non-profit business? If no, why not?
No. We are in the service industry and charge for all the work we do, similar to a hair salon, trash service, massage therapist, that type of thing! While many cities have city-funded programs, Athens does not have this, at least not yet. We are a private business and are encouraged by Athens Clarke County but not assisted in the form of funding.

Why isn't this free?
LUC is not subsidized by Athens Clarke County, grants, or external funding. We are 100% a grassroots business!

I am a student. Can I get a discount?
Maybe! Send a pitch to

I am a senior citizen. Can I get a discount?
Yes! Email before you sign up and she’ll send you a discount code!

I would love to start a business like this in my city. How can I get started?
Awesome! Email She'd be happy to have a chat with you and if you want deeper, structural support, we offer consulting as well.

I am a student at UGA and would love to volunteer/intern for LUC. How can I get started?
We don't have this program available yet but hope to soon! Send a pitch to along with your resume!      

Is Kristen still the owner of Let Us Compost?
Absolutely! LUC is certified WOSB (Woman-Owned Small Business) by the Small Business Administration.

When did Let Us Compost begin?
Let Us Compost started in November of 2012.

I am going on vacation. What is the best way to take my house off the schedule that week?
Hooray vacation! We do the same route regardless, so you don’t need to let us know.

Can I put my bin somewhere other than by my mailbox?
Yes, if you’d like to place your bin on the curb on the other side of your house, or in a different special location, just let us know. If at all possible, we prefer to pick up on the curb, like a trash company.

I have a really long driveway. Can I request a doorstep pick-up?
Under special circumstances, certainly! Email

I live in an apartment. Can you pick up my compost?
Definitely! With apartments, we typically pick up at your doorstep. Make sure that when you sign up, you include your unit number and if applicable, gate code.

I live in multi-unit housing. Can you pick up for my whole complex? What does it cost?
Yes, this is a dream! The best way to get this started is to email your pitch to your landlord and include

I live outside of Athens, Watkinsville, and Winterville, but not too far! How can I get this going in my community?
Send your address to and we’ll see if it’s possible to fit you in! If not, we will give you materials to start canvassing in your area.

I am hosting an event and would like to minimize my impact. How can I make it zero waste?
Terrific! You can get a zero waste kit by going here. You can also contact us to get a quote for our event composting services.
Have a question not covered here? Email us!