Across the country, the community composting movement is growing! Local composting provides immediate opportunities for reducing waste, improving soil health, creating jobs, and fighting climate change.

On the Composting for Community Podcast, we bring you stories from the people doing this work on the ground and in the soil. Guests talk shop about their composting projects, and share their inspirations and lessons learned.

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Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Linda Bilsens Brolis

September 19, 2022

How can a community reeling from multiple economic shocks use composting as a tool to build a more resilient food system? ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis talks to Renee V. Wallace of Detroit about composting as a tool for building equity and solving big challenges.  READ MORE


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Cities’ Exclusive Agreements With Trash Collectors Are Holding Back Community Composters

Cities’ Exclusive Agreements With Trash Collectors Are Holding Back Community Composters

Brenda Platt

April 27th, 2022

ILSR’s Jess Del Fiacco and Brenda Platt talk to three community composters in California who have been impacted by solid waste franchise districts.  READ MORE


Through Pedal-Power, Community Composters Cultivate Deeper Connections with their Community

Through Pedal-Power, Community Composters Cultivate Deeper Connections with their Community

Sophia Hosain

January 21st, 2022

Sophia Hosain is joined by Composting for Community’s intern Alondra Sierra and Elinor Crescenzi, an activist, organizer, and a founding member of the Food Cycle Collective in Pomona, California.  READ MORE


Composting Connects Black and Latinx Youth to their Roots

Composting Connects Black and Latinx Youth to their Roots

Sophia Hosain

December 20th, 2021

In this episode of the Composting for Community podcast, Nando Rodriguez, environmental facilitator at The Brotherhood Sister Sol, shares with us the various ways he engages youth in composting activities. He also dives into the role that environmental practices for Black and Latinx youth play in helping preserve and honor their cultural roots.   READ MORE


Compost Helps Local Farm Build Healthy Soils & Feed Their Community (feat. Moon Valley Farm)

Compost Helps Local Farm Build Healthy Soils & Feed Their Community (feat. Moon Valley Farm)

Linda Bilsens Brolis

November 30th, 2021

On this episode of the Composting for Community Podcast, ILSR's Linda Bilsens Brolis and Sophia Hosain speak with Emma Jagoz, owner of Moon Valley Farm in Maryland.  READ MORE


Local Compost Enterprise Cultivates a Just and Healthy Community (Episode 102)

Local Compost Enterprise Cultivates a Just and Healthy Community (Episode 102)

Jess Del Fiacco

June 11th, 2020

In this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Brenda Platt, Director of ILSR's Composting for Community Initiative, and Kesiah Bascom, founder of OffBeet Compost.  READ MORE


Implementing COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Food Scrap Drop-Off: Spotlight on the Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens in Providence

Implementing COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Food Scrap Drop-Off: Spotlight on the Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens in Providence

Virginia Streeter

May 21st, 2020

On this episode, ILSR’s Brenda Platt dialogues with Michael Bradlee, President of Earth Appliance Organics in Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss how one community composter is continuing to collect and compost food scraps with new safety protocols in place.  READ MORE


The Case for Government Support of Community Composting (feat. Queens Botanical Garden)

The Case for Government Support of Community Composting (feat. Queens Botanical Garden)

Virginia Streeter

March 16th, 2020

On this episode, guest host Brenda Platt talks with Elsa Higby and Aleks Jagiello of the New York Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden. This is Part 2 of ILSR’s discussion with them; to catch the first part, head over to our Building Local Power Podcast.  READ MORE


Composting Helps Nourish Communities in the U.S. and Beyond (feat. ECO City Farms)

Composting Helps Nourish Communities in the U.S. and Beyond (feat. ECO City Farms)

Linda Bilsens Brolis

February 3rd, 2020

On this episode, host Linda Bilsens Brolis is joined by Benny Erez of ECO City Farms, her composting mentor. Benny talks about the role ECO City Farms plays in providing affordable fresh produce in two food insecure neighborhoods near Washington, D.C. We discuss his compost training work locally in the D.C. Metro Area and abroad in Zambia, Ghana, and Palestine.  READ MORE


How Local Composting Can Transform Washington, D.C. (feat. Loop Closing)

How Local Composting Can Transform Washington, D.C. (feat. Loop Closing)

Linda Bilsens Brolis

December 18th, 2019

On this episode, host Linda Bilsens Brolis is joined by Jeffrey Neal of Loop Closing. They discuss his vision for how small-scale, hyper-local composting can handle all of the food waste produced in Washington, DC, and the support needed to realize it.  READ MORE