Urban Stream composter captures circle of life in a shipping container – Vancouver BC
Self-contained system is small enough to fit in a single parking space
By Randy Shore
February 22, 2013
Urban Stream Innovation, a Vancouver-based sustainable tech firm, has installed its first self-contained prototype composter and vertical growing system designed to eliminate kitchen waste and produce restaurant-quality herbs and greens.
The staff at Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will donate about 45 kilograms of vegetable waste, old coffee grounds and used tea bags each day to the micro-farm’s two-stage composter housed in a shipping container, parked behind the Granville Street eatery.
What they get back – two-and-half kilos of herbs and arugula a day – will be served to their customers in salads, sauces and entrées.
Luke’s will buy the produce for market value.
“When you taste the freshness of a product from right out the back door, there’s no comparison (to store-bought),” said Luke’s owner Mark Roberts.