The other day NPR’s local affiliate here in Washington D.C., WAMU, had a small piece about a local business charging ahead in the burgeoning field of composting related businesses. A production of Agricity LLC (also based in D.C.), Compost Cab provides collection services for organic waste. As the name implies, the Compost Cab is yellow in color, giving a bright look to the truck that will be driving through D.C. picking up residents’ scraps for a few dollars each week. Pick ups are scheduled to start after Labor Day. You can sign up here. Once the collected scraps are turned into soil, the customers can request some to be returned to them if they like, while the rest of the compost goes to a nonprofit urban farm in College Park, Maryland. From their website, here are the three steps for the $8 per week service:
- We provide you with a bin.
- You use the bin to collect your organics.
- We pick your organics up, and deliver them to a local urban farm for composting.
The company will charge your debit or credit card or PayPal account $32 per month. They will work with people living in all kinds of housing, from homes to condos, co-ops, and rental apartments. They have a few commercial customers such as restaurants and are happy to partner with public and private schools. For the truly dedicated, they also provide composting services for weddings.
Agricity, the organization behind Compost Cab, is “a Washington DC based company committed to building healthier, more sustainable, more productive cities through innovative agricultural, manufacturing, and clean-energy ventures. We also define ‘agricity’ as a quality or state of balanced, sustainable, connected urban life.”