I came across a website the other day for a company called Philly Compost. This is a woman owned company that will pick up your food scrapes and create compost from it. Right now, they offer their service to six zip codes in the Philadelphia area. I found them after reading a blog entry that referred to Compost Cab, a Washington DC based company. Compost Cab presented at Green Festival which has summer and fall events in DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Urban settings do not allow many people to do home composting, and these services will help provide that. They partner with local farmers, create compost from the scraps you give them, and help reduce material being sent to landfills along with excess methane created from those landfills. It is a win-win situation in my mind but of course is a fee based service. Philly Compost charges $15 a month, and I am not sure what the city charges in fees for waste collection, but if it is based on tonnage allowing Philly Compost to pick up your organic materials it could end up saving you money.
I know in my house we end up putting out one bag every other week. We compost our kitchen scraps, recycle our paper and cardboard, recycle our plastics, and save our used batteries to take to the hazardous waste collection offered by the county. Bear in mind it is only two of us now, but even when our son was living with us, we didn’t produce that much more. I look around every week on trash day at our street and our neighbors have mounds of stuff on the curb. It feels good that we are doing our part to reduce greenhouse gases. I think if everyone does what they can we could help reduce the hole in the ozone and produce amazing fertile soil that will grow more food.