We’re delighted to announce that we have reached another diversion milestone: 10,000 tons! That’s a whole lot of carrot tops, pizza boxes, eggshells, chicken bones, Chinet plates, etcetera, etcetera.

 We’ve gone from 4 digits to 5 and added a comma!

In the first six months that founder/owner Erlene Howard was hauling buckets of food scraps in her Toyota Camry, she averaged about 77 pounds a week. Our crew is routinely averaging 36+ tons a week! That’s over 72,000 pounds.

We think it’s kind of cool that we hit this milestone on January 16th, 2023 since we started hauling way back in 2010 on June 16th, 2010. We also broke our record with this 1000 tons. It only took us a little over 6 months to get there. We have no doubt that the route density we have because of our municipal franchise agreements is helping to fuel this growth.

Because tons are kind of hard to visualize, we used this nifty calculator to try to help you understand how very much that is. 10,000 tons are about 2/5ths as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, 1,500 times as heavy as an elephant and 6.5 million times as heavy as a human brain.

And because carbon calculators are all the rage, we used ReFED’s impact calculator to calculate the impact of 10,000 tons diverted: 44,384.59 tons of C02eq. That’s equivalent to the removal of 9,607 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

We are so grateful to our entire composting community, our staff and particularly our hardworking crew who lifted all of this. Keep spreading the word and separating the scraps!

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Zero Waste Consultant | Collective Resource, Inc.

Mary Beth strongly believes that, “It’s always better to be doing something rather than nothing.” If you’re thinking of composting at home, she can help you work out what your particular “something” can be.

She’s confident a solution can be tailored to fit anyone’s needs and ambitions. “Anyone who eats can be a CRI customer, whether you are an individual or a large organization. I want you to understand the advantages of composting, and I can show you how CRI can make it easy.” Mary Beth has successfully designed waste diversion strategies for individuals, schools, houses of worship and other communities. She’s received the governor’s Environmental Hero award for her work at her daughter’s school. Whether you’re starting with a backyard bin, a kitchen bucket, a worm farm, or large-scale commercial collection, Mary Beth can be your good-natured guide.