Buckets, Bags, and Benefits

Buckets5 gallon and 4 gallon

  • We use recycled 4 and 5-gallon buckets. Households that sign up for the weekly collection can request 2 buckets. Additional containers are $3.00 per collection.


Reusable Bags

  • We supply you with a reusable bag filled with shredded cardboard to manage odors. These bags are made especially for Earth Stew in Wales, WI (Waukesha County).   Bag For A Bag


  • Our service makes it easy to compost without the hassles of management and toil.
  • You become part of the growing movement that is spreading across the U.S. as people are demanding an alternative method of handling food waste besides tossing it out with the trash. 
  • You support the local community and help provide jobs.  
  • You support the Central Wisconsin Center here in Madison. 
  • After using our services for 6 months, you are entitled to receive finished compost.
    For every 70 pounds of food waste, we collect from your household you receive 5 pounds of vermicompost.
    Distribution is in the Spring.


Schedules, Fees, and Payment Options 

There are three collection schedules: weekly and bi-weekly(every two weeks) and once a month.
Not quite sure which schedule is best? You can try one schedule and change it if necessary.

Winter Composting
We also offer seasonal collection. If you like to compost during the three seasons, but do not enjoy trudging out to the bin during the cold winter you can sign up for winter service starting the 1st of October through the end of March. To receive finished vermicompost, you will need to sign up for the full six months.  

Weekly - $34.00/mo.
Bi-weekly - $21.00/mo. (every two weeks)
Once a month - $15.00/mo.

Payment Options
PayPal or Credit Card. 
Just click on the Pay for Pickup Service button to the right.

Please Note: PayPal accepts credit cards. No Paypal account necessary!

Pay by check.
An electronic invoice will be sent to you on the first of the month. Click the Pay By Check link to fill out the form.

Once you have signed up, you will be contacted within 48 hours to make arrangements to drop off your bucket. 

Acceptable Food Waste 

Because your food waste is being composted to replenish nutrients back into the Earth's soils, there are limitations to the types of organics that we can collect. Below is a list of acceptable food waste.

Fruit and Vegetable pulp/peelings
Grains (including breads), egg shells, plants
Coffee grounds/filters, loose tea & tagless tea bags.

NOTE: If you use tag tea bags with staples, you can rip off the top portion that has the staple and compost the bottom portion.

Non-acceptable food waste  - at this time.

Dairy product, Oils
Paper product (except the given cardboard)
Pet waste
Compostable & Bio-degradable bags and containers  (To keep beneficial microorganisms alive during decomposition the maximum temperature range is between 140 - 143  degrees. These bags and containers need a higher temperature of approximately 160 degrees to fully compost).


3 Easy Steps to Compost!

1). Fill the container with food waste.   2). Put it out for collection.   3). Receive a clean container.

Back to Households 


It was actually more convenient than saving my own kitchen waste – regular pick-up, large and clean bucket, no trudging out to the back yard to empty it.

     Sue P.

Perfect for Condo and Apartment Dwellers

Being an apartment dweller with little space to create or utilize compost, I appreciate the convenient service offered by Earth Stew that enables me to dispose of my food waste responsibly without adding it to a landfill.

                            Jill R.

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