Got food scraps? Hail a ‘Compost Cab’ – Aids Urban Agriculture
Think green. Compost Cab, a company helping to decrease food waste and increase urban agriculture, is based in Washington D.C.
By Melody Wilson
June 14, 2012
The Compost Cab process is simple. Customers sign up online, and Jeremy fits them into an efficient weekly route. Compost Cab delivers an airtight bin, a rubber band, and a corn-based compostable liner, along with a guide to urban composting. Residential customers, who pay $8 a week for the service, abide closely by the rule “if it grows, it goes,” with the exception of meat, dairy, and oil. Brosowsky boasts a contamination rate of “practically zero.”
Compost Cab then picks up the waste once a week and delivers it to partnering not-for-profit farms. Currently, these farms include Eco City Farm in Edmonston, Md.; Common Good City Farm in the LeDroit Park neighborhood; and the farm at Walker Jones, a D.C. public school.
The fertilizer is free for the farms. “We’re like the Robin Hoods of trash,” Jeremy says. Compost Cab takes food waste from those who can afford the service and uses it to grow food in neighborhoods that lack access to fresh produce.