Can you imagine your bin not smelling, or needing to be washed out. Can you imagine not needing to put your rubbish bin out hardly ever (and not needing to remember to bring it back in!).
In our household we somehow manage to only need to put the recycling bin out every 2-3 weeks and the rubbish bin once every 2-3 months. A big reason for that is that we compost all organic waste. We take it to the Botanical Gardens or our own compost bin between the 4 flats in our block. The problem is between 4 households, we produce to much waste for our local bin, and having to go to the community gardens is a bit of a pain, it works, but I can see it stopping other people.
So there is the problem: for most this is to much hassle. A Compost Collection service can fix that easily. We live in the City of Port Phillip and would love to see a compost collection service run around here. Something like Let us Compost that is a bicycle collection service.
For the Eco Centre
A huge increase in exposure to the community, a huge increase in great dirt for the community garden.
They would host the compost in the community garden, and likely run the “books” if required, or be the head Not for Profit in this mix.
For the Little Vegie Patch
A huge increase in exposure across the community as the bikes and bins could be branded, a new product they can sell – the great dirt.
They would co-ordinate the bikes and pick ups, be the public face of the program. They also get to sell the good dirt at 100% profit.
For the City of Port Phillip
Some environmental points for initiative, a small capital cost to set up, no running costs and a huge decrease in waste – measurable and direct savings – to the point it might be economical to sponsor neighbourhoods to do it instead of charging a subscription fee.
They would actively ensure the program was run fairly and make it available to neighbourhoods, with their support, maybe a community grant to buy a couple of bikes and basic set up/ training costs.
What is it?
The concept is relatively simple, as per the video below, you simply subscribe, and then your waste is picked up in a special bin, and the compostable bags are refreshed each pick up. Simple, easy and hassle free composting with dirt in return if you want it. For a gardener – you get great dirt 3 times a year. For an apartment dweller you know your organic waste is going to good use, not to the tip to create Methane (a gas 30 x as bad as carbon dioxide1).
The bicycle based collection service is a low impact, high returning social enterprise. Honestly I can’t imagine they make a profit, or can pay their staff well, so it is likely a community service that will require some investment by the community (council or crowdfunding) to get it started.