What a whirlwind last month was at the USCC Compost Conference in Atlanta, GA! We’ve never been to anything like this before, so we didn’t really know what to expect - but man, did we learn A LOT. Our main objective of attending was to take home $5,000 from the Emerging Composter Challenge, however we didn’t quite make the cut. We’re so thankful to have even presented our business pitch as the competition was pretty stiff. It was much needed practice, too.
We presented our business pitch 3 times to 6 judges. Each time we did it, of course the nerves started to disappear and we got a little more confident. We spoke about the lack of residential composting programs in Charleston, and how we are here to help alleviate the amount of food waste that goes from individual kitchens straight to the local landfill. There is no one else in the area who provides the kind of services that we do - which is why it’s so so so important for us to continue doing what we love.
There were organizations from all over the east coast presenting on similar scale community composting. Not having been to the conference before, we felt like we were totally alone in this world battling the societal norm to throw everything into a landfill. We can say for certain, we are NOT alone! Composting is slowly but surely making a comeback. And we are so proud to be a part of the movement. We are not slowing down now; join us so you can help make a difference, too!
Check out these community composter's around the country who are putting in the hours and sweat to rethink what we throw out:
Let Us Compost - Athens, GA
Common Ground Compost - NYC
Rust Belt Riders - Cleveland, OH
Scraps Mile High - Denver, CO
Compostwheels - Atlanta, GA
Compost Pedallers - Austin, TX
Compost Community - Tallahassee, FL
There are so many more out there!
All it takes is a google search to see if there is a composter in your area.