Composting service gains new customers
FINGER LAKES--Grow it. Eat it. Repeat it.
Those six words are at the core for a lot of work that Heather Gilbert does with her composting business FLX Scraps to Gardens.
Gilbert has started a business that she knows isn't something everybody wants to do. But as Gilbert says, "When people learn more about what we do and why we do it, it's encouraging the number of people that decide to get involved."
Gilbert runs a curbside composting business offering pick-ups in both Schuyler and Yates Counties. The service is available to residents, schools and businesses as a way to recycle pre and post plate food scraps and waste, yard trimmings and other compostable materials to lessen our carbon foot print. Gilbert said it is estimated 30 percent to 70 percent of garbage going to landfills is food waste and compostable material that could be recycled.
After a person signs up for the composting service, Gilbert drops off one of several available size (5, 20 or 44 gallon) compost containers at your house or place of business. Then from once a week to bi-weekly or multiple times in one week Gilbert stops to pick up your container and drop off a new one. Prices for the service are based on the size of your container and the frequency of pick-up. For example, once a week for a 20 gallon container costs $20.
Gilbert then sells the finished compost by the yard to interested parties.
You may be surprised about other material Gilbert encourages customers to add to the composting bin. These include coffee grounds, tea bags, napkins, paper towels, dryer lint, pet and human hair, yard and houseplant trimmings, wood chips, saw dust, potting soil and feathers. Some of the unwelcome materials for the composting containers include biodegradable cups or plastics, glass, chemicals, cigarette butts, cosmetics, diapers, papers or newspapers, cat litter and magazines.
Gilbert said she has been servicing Dundee Central School since October and recently has just signed with the town of Hector for composting pick-ups.
Gilbert said, "Composting provides a partial solution to an issue of great concern in many communities. All around the country, landfills are filling up, garbage incineration is becoming increasingly unpopular and other waste disposal options are becoming ever harder to find. Composting helps with a number of those problems."
To contact: FLX Scraps to Gardens, firstname.lastname@example.org