Attached is a quick sketch of what I have in mind. Basically, I want a very literal representation of our business: a bucket with food scraps sticking out of the top and the company name printed on the side. Importantly, I want the text to function as a logotype that I can take from the logo and stamp on the actual buckets, as indicated to the right of the sketch. In this way, the two re-enforce each other: the logo is representative of the bucket and the bucket is the embodiment of the logo. The font should be fairly large, as indicated in the sketch -- on the real bucket, I want people to be able to read it from the street as they walk by a customer's house and see the bucket on their porch. Font choice is particularly important, since the font will BE the brand on on the side of the bucket. Promising font motifs: rustic, stencil, weathered/distressed, chalk, etc.
Note that the green bucket in the attachment is the actual bucket we use, and that it is 13 inches tall, 10 inches wide at the top, and 8.5 inches wide at the base -- the proportions in the photo aren't quite right due to the angle. Good options for the food scraps include apple cores, banana peels, corn cobs, carrot/beet greens, onion fragments, etc.
Also note that the slogan "Albuquerque Compost Collection" is optional -- I'm not sure if I want to use it yet.
Stylistically, I'm mostly interested in something rustic or vintage, with a handmade or weathered quality. The styles a farm, dairy, or coffee shop might use.