Unfortunately, Epic Renewal has reached its our current compost processing capacity, and is no longer accepting any new members at this time.
Please stay tuned for future updates!
What We Can Compost
Our rule of thumb is if you can eat it, we can take it - that includes meats, fats, bones, and dairy. We also accept most compostable food packaging, serveware, and utensils. You can see our full list here.
Our rule of thumb is if you can eat it, we can take it - that includes meats, fats, bones, and dairy. We also accept compostable food packaging, serveware, and utensils. You can see our full list here.
The short of this answer is that we have the right equipment and systems in place to properly handle them, whereas processing these items in backyards or gardens can often have negative side effects. The bokashi process that we use is capable of breaking down trickier materials that cause trouble in smaller aerobic processes (a standard backyard compost pile or bin), such as meat, fats, and dairy.
The Big Picture
We use fermentation to process food waste and turn it into finished compost. This process requires much less physical space than a typical compost pile, and allows us to speed up the process significantly, while also reducing the natural emissions that happen in traditional composting - in short, our process is particularly suited for an urban environment like Los Angeles. You can learn more on our About Us page!
At the moment, we're still honing our process to make sure that we end up with the best finished product. That said, we're actively working towards an annual compost give-back program for all of our members!
As we grow larger, and our compost supply does too, we'll be looking to work with community partners that can benefit from finished compost, such as community and school gardens, urban gardening programs, and other local agricultural projects. If you have any suggestions for potential partners or uses for it, we're all ears!
We take our vehicle footprint seriously - we’re working on our strategy for a future fleet of electric vehicles. We only expand our services responsibly, and work to make our routes as efficient as possible. We highly encourage you to get your neighbors and friends involved to help us make our routes even more efficient!
We also utilize the excess capacity of our vehicles to provide zero waste retail deliveries from Sustain LA.
Pick Up & Drop Off Service
For a household of 1-2 people, we recommend a 3-gallon container. For a larger household, or a very active kitchen, we recommend a 5-gallon. If you’re not sure which option is the best fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out!
We recommend keeping your containers inside to keep critters away and also out of direct sunlight, as long as your lid is pressed firmly onto your container you should barely even notice it’s there. Under the kitchen sink or near your other waste bins are both great spots!
Keeping a kitchen bowl of food scraps while cooking is also a good way to collect your food waste without needing to continually reopen your container, or keep it out in your kitchen. Just empty the bowl into the airtight container once a day or so.
Our pickup program at the moment consists of a weekly pickups. Containers don't need to be completely filled to be swapped for a clean one. That said, if you know you won't need an exchange, drop us a line and we'll save the stop!
Having a party or cooking more than usual this week? We're always happy to add an extra container on to your weekly exchange on an as-needed basis, for $10/3-gallon container, or $15/5-gallon container.
Just drop us a line 24 hours or more ahead of your regular exchange, and we'll bring an extra along with us!
Drop offs work similarly to our pickup service. Clean containers are available at our Cypress Park location curbside to swap with your full container - just drop by and leave your container once a week at your convenience!
Our residential services function as a monthly membership - members receive either a 3 or 5-gallon container from us, and we exchange it weekly for a clean one at your home!
We currently offer our pickup services in the Northeast LA, Hollywood, Mid-City, Pasadena, and Westside areas, as well as limited parts of Downtown.
If you’re located outside of these regions, or if you are unsure, please contact us to find out if we can accommodate pickups in your area, or to receive notifications when we expand our services to your location.
We’re currently actively working to expand to serve more of the Greater Los Angeles area. We’re always interested in serving new areas, but we also believe in expanding responsibly. It’s much easier for us to start a new route with three or more members - if you’re further away, try getting some friends to join in with you!
We recommend leaving your container in an easily accessible, street-level location, preferably out of direct sun and heat, if possible. Pick ups occur on weekdays and weekday evenings, depending on your location. We'll let you know when your exchange window is when you receive your welcome email!
We intentionally run the majority of our compost routes at night to avoid traffic and maximize each of our routes to the fullest extent in service of minimizing our carbon footprint and using our vehicles as responsibly and efficiently as we can.
Epic Renewal pick up members have access to 50% off delivery from Sustain LA’s Refill Station, which brings all your favorite household cleaners and body care products (in returnable glass bottles and jars) right to your door!
Epic Renewal members also have access to discounted event composting services as part of their membership!