What are your COVID-19 procedures?

What can I put in the bucket?

Here is the list of what we will pick up for composting

  • Fruits & Vegetables—including peels, pits, & seeds
  • Nuts & Nut Shells
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags
  • Rice, Pasta, Bread & Other Grains
  • Paper—used paper napkins, towels and plates
  • Pizza boxes
  • Hair and fur
  • Newspaper—single sheets (great can liner!)
  • Fireplace Ashes
  • Sawdust
  • Dryer lint
  • Cut Flowers & Houseplant Trimmings

*We are not collecting up large amounts of yard waste, but will take seasonal items (pumpkins, cornstalks, pine boughs) as needed.

Where exactly do you operate?

Today, we provide pick-up service to the following towns: Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood, Penn Wynne, Narberth, Ardmore, Havertown, Haverford, Villanova, St. David’s, Wayne and Devon.


Not seeing your town listed? Join our waiting list. We are adding new towns every day as demand increases.

Okay, I signed-up. What now?

A bucket will be delivered to the address you provided, and you will be given a pick-up day. Pick-ups are currently scheduled for every other week. You will receive a reminder via e-mail the day before each pick up.


If you live in an apartment building, please place outside the exterior front door.

Where does it go?

Mother has partnered with the folks over at Kitchen Harvest & Linvilla Orchards. All compostables will be taken to their on-farm composting operation where they monitor, turn and test the materials as they undergo the natural process of becoming compost.

Wait, do I put this bucket in my kitchen?

Most people put their bucket with their other trash bins and leave a countertop compost bin either on their counter or under their sink. Every day or so, just empty that into your bucket.

How often will you come?

As of today, we offer pick up’s bi-weekly.

I filled my bucket and I’m still a week out. What do I do?

If you have a special week, like you hosted a major holiday, let us know and we can try to accommodate. If you are consistently composting more every week, good for you! We will provide an additional buckets as needed, up to a max of 3 per household.

Will I get anything back?

Each subscriber is entitled to up to 60 pounds of compost each spring during our compost givebacks, which typically runs through March and early April.

I really want to try this but I’m not sure it will work for my life/family/dog/cat.

You can sign up for a monthly subscription and cancel any time.

Are you doing any commercial businesses?

Today we are focusing on our residential customers. If you are a business and are interested in composting, contact us at info@mothercompost.com and we will see if we can help.

Why did you partner with Philabundance?

We feel strongly that their mission complements our own. When we are re-directing materials from the landfill, many times it is in the form of excess food. We want to send that back to the hungry in Philly so they can benefit in a small way from food heading to the compost pile.


Composting in Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood, Penn Wynne, Narberth, Ardmore,
Havertown, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, St. David’s, Wayne and Devon.

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