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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Webinar Resources: Two Business Models for Community Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the community composting network hosted a webinar on “Two Business Models for Community Composting: Worker-Owned Cooperative & Social Enterprise.”

Business models, planning, and financing are among the hot topics identified by community composters nationwide. This webinar covered two business structures: a worker-owned cooperative and a social enterprise.

In less than a year, CERO raised over $350,000 via nearly 100 community investors to launch its worker-owned food scrap collection enterprise in the Boston area in 2012. Founded in 1976, Eco-Cycle is a Boulder-based nonprofit, mission-based social enterprise that uses revenues to build zero waste communities.

Can these models work for community composters? View the webinar below to hear straight talk about the social enterprise and worker-owned cooperative models, the pros and cons of each, and some tips on getting started.

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