We are proud to offer curbside composting as a service to every household in Bexley. This is a newer service offered to residents, and we encourage every individual and family to participate!
According to the USDA, 30-40% of the country’s food supply is wasted, with 31% of this being at the retail and consumer levels. In 2010, this equated to 133 billion pounds of food (almost 220 pounds per person) worth $161 billion. It is time to act.
Bexley's curbside composting program is serviced through a contract with Innovative Organics Recycling. Composting receptacles are collected on Mondays and need to be placed in the tree lawn separate from any trash, yard waste, or recycling. Rumpke is not responsible for any food waste collection.
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Once registered in our program, you will receive 13 liners in your container - use one per week. Place the liner in the container allowing 2" - 3" of the liner to drape over the top of the container. Secure it by tying it off, using a rubber band, or a spring-loaded clip. If you run out of liners, more can be picked up from Bexley City Hall – call (614) 559-4200 to arrange a pickup!
Your container does not have to be full to be set out. Fresh is best! Set out your container at least every other week.
What Can Be Composted?
Coffee Grounds & Filters
Eggs & Other Proteins
Fruit & Vegetables
Greasy Pizza Boxes
Meats & Fish
Paper Towels, Napkins, & Plates
Shells (Incl. Nuts & Egg)
Tea & Tea Bags
Unwaxed Paper & Cardboard
What Can't Be Composted?
- Bulk Oils & Fats
- Plastic, Glass, Foil, or Metal
- Animal Waste (of any kind!)
Just remember: "If it grows, it goes!"
The night before pick-up day, remove the container lid and tie a knot in the top of the liner. Replace the lid and set the container, with the liner inside, at the curb for pick-up. Households who normally fill up 90% or more of the container each week can request a second liner so each can be tied off easily.
By 7:00 am on Mondays, place your container on the opposite side of your normal trash, recycling, or yard waste so the other service providers do not confuse it with something they should remove.
To keep your container smelling fresh, an occasional quick cleaning with warm water and dish soap works well. While this isn't required, it will eliminate the possibility of smell in the future.
Please read the following information carefully before registering for the program:
- Sign up by April 30th and receive a bucket and liner the week of May 10th
- Sign up by May 31st and receive a bucket and liner the week of June 14th
- Sign up by June 30th and receive a bucket and liner the week of July 12th
- Sign up by July 31st and receive a bucket and liner the week of August 9th
- Sign up by August 31st and receive a bucket and liner the week of September 13th
- Sign up by September 30th and receive a bucket and liner the week of October 11th
- Sign up by November 30th and receive a bucket and liner the week of December 13th
- Sign up by December 31st and receive a bucket and liner the week of January 10th
Each resident who signs up will receive a clean 5-gallon receptacle, with an odor and critter proof lid, along with a supply of plant based compostable liners. If you run out of liners or need a few extra, those can be picked up at Bexley City Hall.
Before setting out your receptacle for collection, remove the lid and tie a knot at the top of the liner. Re-secure the lid and place the bucket (with tied liner) outside on the opposite side of your sidewalk, away from all other materials (solid/yard waste, recycling, and bulk materials). Your receptacle must be out for collection by 7:00 am on Mondays.
Food waste recycling is an easy way to do your part to improve our soil, water, and air. Food waste that goes to our local landfill creates methane, which is 25x more harmful to our atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
Since this program has started, we've diverted over 150 tons of food waste from the landfill. A little bit goes a very long way!
If you have noticed any of your curbside waste was not collected on Monday morning, please fill out this form and we will coordinate a pickup with Rumpke or Innovative Organics Recycling directly. To view a step-by-step process of submitting a trash miss online, click the 'Online Compost Miss Reporting' tab below. Alternatively, you can visit bexley.org/reportamiss for details.
All misses need to be reported before 2:00 pm on Tuesdays.
Residents can now report a missed trash, recycling, yard waste, or compost pickup on their computer, smartphone, or tablet. Previously, any resident whose items were not collected during the normal pickup schedule had to call City Hall to report the miss.
To report a missed pickup online:
- Step 1: Visit bexley.org/reportamiss, or click the 'Report a Trash Miss' button on our homepage
- Step 2: Enter your information, including an email address or phone number if your report requires follow up
- Step 3: Press the 'Submit Report' button at the bottom of the page
Once an online report is made, the City immediately receives the information provided in the form. From there, we'll be able to send the report to the appropriate service provider–Rumpke or Innovative Organics Recycling–for pickup. If you'd like to report your miss over the phone, that's fine too! This new service is not mandatory for reporting.
If you have questions, check out the FAQ at the bottom of the page on bexley.org/reportamiss. If you still have questions, give us a call at (614) 559-4220!
Bexley has historically been a leader in green initiatives, from our being the first community in central Ohio to recycle some 15 odd years ago, to the purchase this year of renewable energy to power the City’s facilities, streetlights, and traffic lights. Bexley City Council has taken a pivotal next step by approving the Bexley Zero Waste Plan, which is a long-term strategic plan designed to dramatically reduce the amount of solid waste that goes to the landfill, diverting it instead to next-generation recyclable and reusable streams.
One of the recommendations of the Bexley Zero Waste Plan is for the City to begin working towards diverting food waste away from landfills.
Food waste recycling is not a new concept. Think of it as composting, but for the entire community. We’ve been working on the concept of food waste recycling in the years since, and only recently have we had an eligible provider and a regulatory environment in central Ohio that would allow us to contemplate such a project.