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Re: [permaculture-61] Converting waste to compost

From: Steve S.
Sent on: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:21 AM

Starbucks and Panera have lots of coffee grounds and some locations are very willing to give you as much as you need but you will have to arrange for
pickup at the proper time during the day, etc.
 
Coffee grounds can be used as fertilizer as they are rich in available Nitrogen and decompose rapidly.
 
This might not be a good idea in areas that attract rodents but I have used them on evergreens, roses and other plants with great results.
 
 
Steve Schwartz
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Sent: Saturday, February 09,[masked]:40 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture-61] Converting waste to compost

Hi Greg, 

In Bushwick, we are launching a youth employment compost collection program also, called BK ROT.  We're planning on starting by April 1st.  Although we will focus on residential, it would be good to keep in touch. We have a kickstarter going up in a week and a proposal if you're interested in glancing over.  Feel free to call me or email me:

Sandra Nurse
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On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Greg Todd <[address removed]> wrote:
Folks:
 
Are you aware that every month the City of New York pays private carters millions of dollars to ship compostable food wastes to landfills in the Midwest,  while we import compost from Long Island and Canada for our gardens?
 
I’ve created a proposed business that would collect these food wastes principally from small coffee shops, juice bars and restaurants and convert them to compost.  This business would employ local youths to pedal bike carts to collect the wastes, then convert them to compost in small in-vessel composting machines located in manufacturing zones scattered throughout our communities.  This type of business model exists successfully in other cities such as North Hampton Mass. and Phila. Penn. but has yet to take hold here in NYC.
 
It seems that the City wants more evidence of demand for composting services before they will create a carting license that makes sense for community carters such as the one I propose.
If we could get say 50 coffee houses to complete this survey, we might be able to convince the City that the demand exists.
 
Below is a link to an on-line survey I created that collects information about the demand for collection of coffee grounds that exists at local coffee houses.
 
 
Please feel free to forward this email to your favorite coffee house and ask them to complete it the survey.  When you do so, you might ask them what they’re doing now with their coffee grounds, day old baked goods, fruit pulp, food waste and other compostables.  Suggest you might be more likely to patronize an establishment that composts their food wastes, rather than one that sends them to a landfill. 
 
Also feel free to forward this email to your friends as well.
 
Let me know if you have any questions or would like to learn more about what I propose.
 
Let’s see if we collectively can put an end to this foolish waste of resources and City tax revenues.
 
 
Thanks
Greg
 
 
Greg Todd
Community Carting and Composting
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"While one person is talking about how difficult something is;
another person is doing it." - LL Cool J
 




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