With landfills across the country running out of space, the environmentally conscience have moved to composting — using decomposing food and yard waste to make rich fertilizing soil.
But composting can be time consuming and messy.
That is where Raleigh-based CompostNow comes in, making weekly visits to picking up compost bins from homes and businesses filled with food scraps and other trash, and leaving customers with a fresh one.
“We started with houses — that started growing really fast,” explained CompostNow co-founder Justin Senkbeil. “And we learned that businesses want to compost as well.”
The company will pick up compost bins from your home weekly for a cost of $25 per month for two bins. Businesses can arrange the service for $24.75 per week for a 38-liter bin.
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Banana peels, paper towels, bits of meat and even the dreaded unrecyclable pizza boxes can become the rich soil that helps your garden flourish.
“It’s amazing,” said Mary Davis with Rally Software, one of CompostNow’s business customers. “Just coffee grounds and paper towels add up really quickly.”
Rally Software alone has collected 800 pounds of compost in less than year — 800 pounds that didn’t end up in a landfill.
“We actually donate to the Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm just down the road. So we’re helping our community as well as the environment,” Davis said.
While Rally Software chooses to donate their compost, customers can also have their soil returned for their own gardens.
“The fact that we can put that nutrient-rich waste to work in our home, and what we don’t use [back] in the community — it comes full circle,” said customer Matt Tomasulo.
One of the benefactors of the composted soil is the YMCA of the Triangle’s community garden near Saint Augustine’s University. One particular delivery saw 4,000 pounds of soil dumped at the site.
A collaboration of YMCA and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, the program buses inner-city kids to the garden to introduce them to healthy living.
“It teaches kids the value of hard work,” said Michael Lewis, with the YMCA of the Triangle. “What it means to grow their own fruits and vegetables.”
CompostNow says in its short existence, it has help divert more than 214,000 pounds of waste from the landfill. The company is now starting to work with local restaurants and cafes.
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