Food Waste

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Starting on February 24th, Royal Oak Sustainability will offer free composting drop-offs at the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 8 AM until Noon on Saturdays. This is a three-month trial to gain insight and interest on how best to serve Royal Oak residents, businesses, and organizations. 

In addition to the farmers market, Royal Oak Sustainability is partnering with several local businesses and organizations specializing in home composting, restaurant and commercial composting, food donation, and food waste reduction education. Our goal is to help you find the perfect solution for your needs while working on a more comprehensive strategy. CLICK HERE FOR COMPOSTING GUIDE.

A question we have been asked quite often is what can be placed in the curbside yard waste bag/bins. We reached out to SOCRRA and they only accept fruit and vegetable scraps due to a contractual relationship with a nearby neighborhood close to their facility. Items like egg shells, shredded paper, leftover food, etc., while compostable, cannot be placed in your yard waste bin. VIEW SOCRRA'S YARD WASTE GUIDE.

Food Donation

In addition to composting, we will be working with Metro Food Rescue on a food donation pilot to support caterers, schools, religious organizations, and anyone with larger-scale food donation needs. Organizations interested in this pilot should reach out to sustainability@romi.gov. Food is collected and distributed to various local organizations tackling food insecurity and access in Southeast Michigan.

Education and Collaboration 


1. Educational Workshops
Royal Oak Sustainability will be hosting a variety of educational workshops for homes, restaurants, schools, etc., to provide resources and support on your food reduction journey.

2. Food-Waste Reduction Cohorts
Royal Oak Sustainability will create collaborative cohorts based on needs and industry for businesses to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities and collaboration.

3. Ongoing Growth and Support
This pilot is the first of several steps Royal Oak Sustainability will be taking to reduce food waste. This pilot is meant to learn, collect data, and determine the best way to offer more comprehensive food waste reduction solutions.

Community Partners


Make Food Not Waste - website: makefoodnotwaste.org
The Suburban Rat Hater's Guide To Composting - website: facebook.com/rat.hater.composts
Walking Lightly - website: walkinglightly.net
Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board - website: romi.gov/eab
Metro Food Rescue - website: metrofoodrescue.com
CO Sustainability - website: cosustainability.org 
Midtown Compost - website: midtowncomposting.com
My Green Michigan - website: mygreenmi.com

Volunteer Opportunities Available Please email sustainability@romi.gov if you are interested in lending a hand towards a zero-waste Royal Oak.


Composting Options

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Co Sustainability
Offers business composting services. Weekly and Biweekly Options. 64-gallon carts and larger dumpster options. 
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Midtown Composting
Offers residential and business composting services. Weekly and Biweekly Options. 5 Gallon Bucket. 
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My Green Michigan
Offers business composting services. Weekly and Biweekly Options. 64-gallon Rolling Cart and larger dumpster options.
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Food Donation Options

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Metro Food Rescue

Offers food donation services
to food-related businesses 
like caterers, churches, event
venues, schools, and 
restaurants.

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