Thinking Outside the Trash Can: Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle

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compost peddlerHow hard do you work to do your part in preserving the environment while helping your community? One Austin company is thinking outside the trash can, diverting more than 100 tons of restaurant and residential food scraps to community gardens – by bicycle.

East Side Compost Pedallers diverts biodegradable waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill to local organic gardens and farmers to become nutrient-rich compost. Their business has grown by 10 percent since July.

By pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) on custom-fit bikes, the riders for East Side Compost Pedallers get an amazing work-out, and help the environment, all while promoting food sustainability. It’s a win-win-win scenario.

“Yes, it’s tiring and yes, I get intimidated by the workload, but the daily cheers from passing cars and trucks who recognize the good we’re doing brings me home with my head up,” says Paul Wilson.

Residents pay only $4 a week to have their ‘scrapple’ picked up and diverted to where it can do some good. The company has only seven cyclists at the moment, but plans to grow as demand continues to increase. They may be aided by the fact that Austin, Texas, unlike many other U.S. cities, has a small compost pilot program available to residents of some neighborhoods.

“Imagine if there were no trash cans!” says Marie Horan, ESCP’s director of organic operations. “I think it’s entirely doable, especially with compost. Unlike recyclables, organics are such a valuable resource because of how easy they are to turn back into something people can use.”

Seed sovereignty and food sustainability are key issues in the GMO-tainted world, and businesses like this one turn biotech’s claim that we can’t feed our growing populations without their toxic products on its head.

Hugh Grant, Brett Begemann, Consuelo E. Madere and a handful of Monsanto directors have near total control of the world’s food supply, but not if people continue taking actions like this one. After all, small-scale, organic gardening has proven to feed the world just fine.

Worldwatch Institute also says that world hunger is best solved by small-scale agriculture, not the industrial agricultural model we’ve all been finagled into. Bye-Bye GMO. Hello organic composting (from recycled food scraps!) and non-GMO seeds.

You can watch a full video about the Austin company here.