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Bike-Powered Food Scrap Collection

| Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

BioCycle Magazine – January 2017 Issue

As part of ILSR’s collaboration with the Chesapeake Youth Development Center to launch a bike-powered food scrap collection service in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood of Baltimore, ILSR interviewed 17 founders of bike-powered collection services in 10 states. Read our article Bike Powered Food Scraps Collection by Virginia Streeter and Brenda Platt in the January 2017 issue of BioCycle Magazine. (Click photo below to download pdf of article that includes data tables.)

The article summarizes our findings and highlights lessons learned in key areas:

  • Starting Up
  • Employees and Volunteers
  • Composting Site and Processes
  • Equipment
  • Customer Engagement
  • Financing

Thanks to the following operations for participating in our study!  You guys rock!

BK ROT (Brooklyn, NY)
City Sprouts / Philly Compost (Philadelphia)
Community Compost Co. (New Paltz, NY)
Compost Pedallers (Austin)
Compost With Me (North Falmouth, MA)
Compostwheels (Atlanta)
Healthy Soil Compost (Chicago)
Let Us Compost (Athens, GA)
Pedal People Cooperative (Florence, MA)
Peels & Wheels Composting (New Haven, CT)
Reclaimed Organics / Common Ground Compost (New York, NY)
Reno Rot Riders (Reno)
ReSoil Sacramento / GRAS (Sacramento)
Santa Cruz Community Compost Co. (Santa Cruz)
Truman State Rot Riders (Kirksville, MO)
WasteNot Compost (Chicago)
Zero to Go (Beacon, NY)

Click the image below to download the article.

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