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Bootstrap Compost Offering Free Week of Service

Bootstrap Compost in Jamaica Plain is offering a week of free compost pickup service to new subscribers this month. Bootstrap, which provides residential food-scrap collection service in communities throughout Greater Boston, gives each subscriber a five-gallon bucket, compostable liner and lid. Clients then leave their buckets full of organic material (such as fruits, vegetables, coffee grinds and eggshells) outside their homes on a designated day. Bootstrap will pick up the full bucket, leave a clean one and return every week, every other week or the following month, based on individual needs. Rates are $32 per month for weekly visits, $18 for twice-monthly service and $10 for once-monthly service. The free week for new subscribers offer expires on November 30.

Bootstrap Compost, which is owned and operated by longtime Jamaica Plain resident Andy Brooks, makes deliveries via bike, pickup truck and MBTA. “We wanted to keep organic assets out of landfills and give households a reliable and consistent means to see food waste put to productive use,” says Brooks. “In turn, all active subscribers receive five gallons of usable compost every 15 weeks, and the rest is donated to community garden projects in J.P. and Roxbury.”

For more information or to enroll, call Bootstrap Compost at 617-642-1979, email [email protected] or visit