Riding the subway home yesterday, I picked up a section of the Washington Post and saw an article about Compost Cab, a local (to Washington, DC) company that does curbside pick-up of food scraps/compostable materials. For $32 a month they pick up your compost in front of your home from buckets they issue with liners they replace each week. I sublet a room in a row-house the first month I lived in DC with 6 other people who had a Compost Cab bucket in their kitchen. With seven people, the cost comes down to just a dollar and 1/2 a week per person - not bad! With just three people, the price seems a little luxurious.
But are there alternatives for folks in the city? I bet if we wanted we could create our own compost bin but what would we do with the compost? There are community gardens in our neighborhood but without a car, it does get a little tricky getting the compost there. (Although, my bike could haul a load!). I suppose it does come down to how intentional of a consumer I am choosing to be and the effort I want to put forth to do better for my environment. Maybe reading this article and learning a little more about composting is just the kick-in-the-pants I need....
Read more about Capitol Hill composting here and challenges in urban composting (with mention of Compost Cab).
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