Garbage to Garden Green Urban Living

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Garbage to Garden

Today I wanted to write about an amazing project I just stumbled on called Garbage to Garden. A totally green project that turns kitchen garbage like cooking scraps, spoiled fruits and vegetables and even meat and bones into usable plant compost.

Living in Urban environments, a lot of our garbage just literally gets thrown away. Garbage and junk removal is big business in cities, and even bigger business for dumps and waste disposal companies.

Arizona Junk Removal figures that recyclable waste makes up close to 70 percent of all garbage. That’s a lot of waste that doesn’t need to be filling our dumps and worse, oceans.

But what if you want to help save the planet and do good? You already recycle your bottles and cans and metal. But what about all the food you waste each and every day?

What can be done with it?

Well, that’s what Tyler Frank was wondering when he came up with the idea for Garbage to Garden.

He lived in a “2nd story apartment in the East End of Portland, ME” and didn’t want to keep throwing away the excess or spoiled food he had everyday knowing that it would make much better use being used as compost.

So he and a few friends decided to do something about it. Today, 1 in 7 households in Portland choose to participate with Garbage to Garden. That’s over 5000 residents.

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So How Does it Work?

When you sign up, you are given a bucket that is swapped out each week. This way there are no smells and you don’t need to clean out the bucket yourself.

There is a small fee for the service to keep the company operational. But the trade off is that you can get a free bag of compost whenever you swap out your bucket which is pretty neat.

I love seeing green businesses sprout up. And this one is not only unique, but profitable as well. And that’s good business for everyone.

If you live in the mine area, join up! If you don’t and are looking for sustainable eco-friendly business ideas, why not copy this one. The more the better!