Composting. There’s lots of reasons to do it. And lots of reasons not to. Unless you live in a spacious rural plot or large lotted suburban home, composting is a smelly, pest prone annoyance that the neighbors may be none to pleased to be living near.
Washington D.C. based Compost Cab has devised a way to eliminate all the typical qualms, while creating a viable business for itself.
Here’s how it goes (or will go, once the company launches this spring): Compost Cab provides you with a bin and a compostable liner, then you fill it with your food and plant material. The bin is collected, and a new liner is delivered, each week for $8. The frequency matches that of regular trash collection, so the compost stink issue is largely eliminated. Just to be sure, the bin is leak and rat proof, plus it won’t let odor escape.
The collected materials will be distributed to Engaged Community Offshoots, a local seed-stage urban farm in neighboring College Park, Maryland, which feeds area kids in need.
After nine months with Compost Cab, customers will start to get more than a warm fuzzy feeling: For every 50 pounds collected, they’ll receive 5 pounds of compost and 1 pound of worm castings. Together, a potent gardening resource.
Going beyond green-minded individuals and effectively addressing businesses with varying motivations, Compost Cab writes,
“Maybe you’re just looking for a cost-effective way to make your business a little bit greener. Or maybe you only serve local, seasonal ingredients and pour fair-trade coffee, and already know you want to compost. Either way, Compost Cab can help. Redefine what you think of as waste in your business. Improve your green profile. Save money. Give back to the community. Improve the environment. Compost Cab also offers a series of innovative marketing programs and community-building initiatives to all our commercial partners.”
Slated to launch this spring, Compost Cab is a business to watch, I can see permutations of it happening in locations around the world.
Readers: What’s your thoughts on Compost Cab and its viability? Any suggestions to improve it? Where else are you seeing businesses making sustainable living easier to do and more beneficial to all?
Paul Smith is a sustainable business innovator, the founder of GreenSmith Consulting, and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He creates interest in, conversations around, and business for green (and greening) companies, via social media.