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Help start a bike powered community composting project!

Daniel Brown

Cleveland, OH
October 14, 2013

In Cleveland two major movements are afoot; the rise of an active and increasingly visible cycling community and the explosion of local food production. Barrier to entry is fairly low but many people want to get involved now and don't necessarily know where to start.

The Cleveland Bike Composting project seeks to leverage the commitment to sustainability that everyday Cleveland's have been eager to express while understanding the limitations of involvement. By launching a bike-based compost removal service for residents everyday citizens can fuel a bike-based economy and benefit their neighborhood community gardens.

The Cleveland Bike Composting initiative, if successfully funded, will launch a worker-owned compost removal service on a subscription or as needed basis. All food waste that is picked up from subscribers will be dropped off to partnering community gardens for processing to be turned into compost for the benefit of that community garden.


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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Question for members: Does your city believe in composting yet? What if it was bicycle powered?

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is awesome. Is this your project? Would love to include it in, our guide to crowdsourcing creative progress.

    • Daniel Brown

      It is my project, anything that helps get the word out I am all for. Is there anything I need to do to assist in this? Thanks for the support!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        No prob. No need to do anything. You'll get elevated on one of our social media pages and featured on!

        • Daniel Brown

          Thank you so much! You rule!

  • Adele Peters

    Great project. Has a model like this been tried in other cities?

    • Daniel Brown

      It sure has, and in cities much colder than Cleveland too. Northampton, Massachusetts is home to the Pedal People Cooperative; Burlington, Vermont is home to Revolution Compost; The Compostadores in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Rot Riders in Kirksville, Missouri; and Skidmore College has a program as well (to name a few).

      • Adele Peters

        That's awesome. Do you think the City of Cleveland is interested in officially collecting compost, or is that a long way off? I'm lucky enough to live in a place where city composting is part of trash pickup (though even here, taking compost directly to local gardens seems like it would be the best way to do it, so there weren't so many miles driven just delivering food waste...)

        • Daniel Brown

          The city of Cleveland recently received a large grant and is rolling out two pilot projects (we are not one of the pilots) but we hope to demonstrate that it doesn't take a lot of funds to make a big difference.

          The city has an initiative called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and each calendar year it tries to make strides on different issues (local food, energy efficiency, etc.) 2014 is the year of zero waste, so our project buds very well with where the city would like to be heading. The beauty of Cleveland is that it has a ton of community gardens and even more people eager to be part of them, which is why I think this project will catch on if we get the funding needed to really roll things out in a meaningful way!