Cycling on America’s streets is not without risks which is why we like to stay safe when we collect and deliver our compost. Our customers are expecting us therefore we ensure that we are wearing appropriate protective head gear and clothing throughout our journeys. All of our fellow cyclists have a responsibility to ensure that they are seen on the streets by motorists which is why bicycle lighting is so important.
Food has officially become the largest material in our landfills, leading to large emmissions of methane gas, a gas 30-100x more potent than Carbon Dioxide. Why is this happening? Becuase ugly produce is not marketable, even though it tastes the same and has just as many vitamins, if it's ugly it'll just sit on store shelves.
If you've read any of our blogs, you know that compost is amazing for the soil and increases plant health. Did you know the product itself is also quite valuable? In fact one cubic yard of compost is estimated to be worth $562. Can you believe that? Those banana peels and apple cores you throw in the trash could actually be saving farmers or yourself thousands of dollars.
By now I'm sure you've heard about the major role community composting will be playing in Austin's Zero-Waste future. In case you're new to community composting, in short, a community composting model is one where organic materials are generated and recycled without ever leaving a neighborhood or community.
Joseph de Leon is a north Austin resident and gardener at Gus Garcia Community Garden. He is also an avid composter.
It takes a special breed of person to pedal compost. The job of biking hundreds of pounds of organics around Austin is both physically and mentally demanding. Yep, our Pedallers are the complete package: they are strong cyclists and dedicated environmentals stewards with colorful personalities and just the right amount of crazy. Today we caught up with Pedaller Taylor Tazewell to learn more about the man beneath the helmet.
Checkout Part 1 of this blog HERE. The benefits of composting are well documented. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner.