How to Start Composting at The Office

Composting at the office is more accessible than ever. Kitchener Clean has developed and now proudly offers an "Office Compost Program" to businesses in the Waterloo Region. Read on to discover how to get started, and how we can help. If you are interested in composting at the office, please contact Kitchener Clean today. We can help your business be not only financially sustainable, but environmentally sustainable and socially conscious as well.

How to Start Composting at The Office

Kitchener Clean has always been an environmentally friendly office care company. That includes non-toxic cleaning, and now extends to composting at the office. As we cleaned many offices around the Waterloo Region, we noticed a large volume of organic waste generated in offices and discarded into the garbage. This is why we began our Office Composting program.

Composting at the office in 5 easy steps

1) Contact Kitchener Clean

Businesses, unlike residences, don't have access to any formal composting programs, meaning all waste is put into the garbage and sent to the landfill. One Kitchener Clean client with staff of only 20-25 generated over 600 pounds of organic waste in just one year! Let us help you get started; making the decision to contact us is the first step.

2) Receive your organic waste bin

It’s in here that you will collect all your organic waste and compostable materials. All the same items that you would Green Bin at home can be put in the Organic Waste bin in the office.

3) Educate your office

Everyone needs to know what can go in the green bin. Here’s a list, according the Region of Waterloo’s Green Bin information page:

  • All food scraps including bones, peelings, shells, baking and cooking ingredients, spoiled and raw and cooked food (remove all packaging, stickers)

  • Small amount (no more than one cup per green bin) of liquids (Use our Cooking oil drop-off program)

  • Some paper products, such as paper plates, paper towels, facial tissue, greasy take-out paper packaging, paper baking cups, shredded paper

  • Hair, nail clippings, fur, feathers, and wrapped pet waste. Read more about responsible ways to dispose of pet waste

  • Houseplants, cut flowers waste, natural greenery from wreaths (remove pots, wire, decorations)

  • Wooden toothpicks

  • Cold wood ashes (place in an acceptable liner bag)

  • Pumpkins (remove candles, decorations and place on top of or beside your green bin)


Everyone needs to know what can go in the Green Bin.

4) Begin actually using the Green Bin

It’s good to start talking about composting at the office and educating everyone as to what goes in, but the program is only successful as long as people follow through with it. We recommend offering incentives or rewards to those who lead the way in participating in the program.

5) Send organic material into the compost stream

Your compost will be picked up weekly by an Office Care Technician, and replaced with a fresh bin. Where does it all go from there? The materials will be donated to local neighbourhood garden compost piles, sent to the Region’s Compost facility or Davidson Environmental, or used at Kitchener Clean’s Worm Farm where it becomes worm castings (a high grade fertilizer). Clients can receive a portion of the worm castings generated to be used by any garden enthusiasts on staff.

For more information, here’s a handy video that explains the basic composting process:

Organic waste will be used in a number of ways that positively impact the environment.

Let Kitchener Clean Help You Start Composting at The Office

Kitchener Clean is a locally owned and operated family business, so we treat our customers like we would treat our own family - with respect. We value integrity, consistency, and thoroughness with all of our clients.

From its inception, Kitchener Clean has been an environmentally friendly office care company, and we also use non-toxic cleaning methods to keep you, your staff, and your clients breathing cleaner!

The Office Compost Program is available on its’ own or combined with a weekly Office Care and Cleaning service for greater savings.

Our reputation is important to us, so we guarantee all of our services. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will return within 24 hours to address your concern at no additional cost. If we haven’t responded to any client communication within 24 hours of receiving it, we will offer you a free week of Office Care. We guarantee it.

“Kitchener Clean's Derrick and Tori have provided thorough, quality, professional, trustworthy and reliable service for my business for years. I have been very happy as they make life much easier. I don't even need to think about it, they do all the work. Thanks very much Derrick and Tori, i am very relieved to have your excellent service!”

- Ruza Maklenov

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