Knoxville Area Compost Services

You can reduce your carbon footprint by 40% and help build healthy soils.

We can pick up your compostables or help you start composting in your yard.

Register Your Location for Curbside Compost Collections

We pick up your compostables from many locations in and around Knoxville, TN. If you would like our compost pickup service at your home or small business, register your location for approval. 

Get Started in 3 Steps

Step 1

Register Your Location

  • If you live in or around Knoxville, fill out the form above to add your location to our system. 
  • Some locations like apartments need special consideration to make sure there is an approved pickup area.
  • Once approved, you will be prompted to purchase our Starter Bundle or Unlimited Service.

Step 2

Pay-As-You-Go

Order a $6 Starter Bundle to start your service. This includes:

  • 5 gallon Green Heron Compost Bin
  • Composting Guide
  • First pickup is free

Once you redeem your first pickup, you can order more and redeem at any time.

Unlimited Pickups

Never worry about reloading your pickups.

Get the Starter Bundle for free, delivered straight to you door when you subscribe our monthly Unlimited option.

This option is great for families and individuals who use more than 2 pickups per month.

Cancel Any Time

Step 3

Schedule Your Pickup

  • Request your pickup date at least one day in advance.
  • When your pickup request has been approved, leave your Green Heron Compost bin out the night before your scheduled pickup.
  • We will haul off your compostables and replace your bin.

Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

This option is best for individuals who want 1-2 pickups per month. To save more, check out our Unlimited Plan.

When you choose to pay-per-pickup, you may choose to pay for pickups one at a time or bundle your pickups to save money. You can create the schedule that works best for you and never pay for pickups you don’t need.

Single Pickup

$12

(Save $1)

2 Pickups

$23

(Save $3)

4 Pickups

$45

Most Popular

(Save $8)

8 Pickups

$88

(Save $23)

16 Pickups

$169

What is Compost?

Compostables turn into compost.
Compost is the finished product.

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed into a nutrient-rich substance that is added to soil. The process of composting breaks down your leftover foods and yard waste.

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FAQs

General

Check your spam email folder. If you find our emails in your spam folder, make sure to register our email address as a safe sender to prevent any further issues.

If you don’t have anything in your spam folder, please contact us directly for troubleshooting.

We now serve all of Knox County.

If you aren’t sure, go ahead and submit your location request.

We transport your compostables to various locations around East Tennessee. Your compostables go to our partners who are mostly local farmers and greenhouses. View our partner list >

We ensure that your compostables are being processed locally in order to support our region’s rich agriculture. Read more in our Welcome letter from our founder.

We allow for a 30-day full refund policy on all of our pickups with the exception of the Starter Bundle. However, you cannot be refunded for pickups that have been redeemed.

If you would like a refund on your Starter Bundle, you must contact us within 72 hours of purchase. If you have already received your bin and other starter items, we will retrieve them before the refund can be processed.

Scheduling

Currently, we are not available for same-day pickups. You must look at our schedule and request the next available date

First, check your email to make sure you received your Pickup Request Approval email and double check the date requested. 

Next, verify that you put your bin out the night before. Often times, we start pickups very early in the morning so if you put it out later in the morning, we might’ve missed it.

Login to your account and submit a Missed Pickup Report from the Quick Links section. We will pickup your compost at the earliest available time.

You may reschedule your requested pickup(s) by logging in to your account and filling out the Pickup Cancellation form under the Quick Links section. Then, you can pick a new available date.

You will not be charged for a rescheduled pickup.

You must cancel the pickup at least 24 hours before the requested pickup date.

Yes, you can schedule as many pickups as you have purchased (or as many as you like with the Unlimited Plan). You can schedule your pickups for weeks or even months in advance.

No. If you try schedule a pickup without having purchased pickups or the Unlimited Plan, your requested date will be labeled as “Pending” until the pickup has been purchased. Once the pickup is paid for, your requested pickup date will change to “Approved.”

Bins & Liners

Yes. Please login to your account and submit a Lost/Damaged Bin or Lid Report located in the Quick Links section.

We always want to make our products better, so we would like to know how your bin was lost or damaged (e.g., wind, stolen, hail, car, etc.)

Sometimes. We prefer that you use our Green Heron Compost bin when you put your compostables out for pickup, but we consider other receptacles upon request.

Our bins are 5 gallon buckets.

Yes, each of our bins comes with a lid.

Report a Missed Pickup

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience of missing your pickup date. Because we strive for excellence, we want to fix this issue as soon as possible.

Report a Lost/Damaged Compost Bin or Lid

Cancel A Pickup