We’re happy to announce that we have reached another diversion milestone: 7000 tons! Can you believe it?

Power of composting

What’s amazing to us is that’s 7,000 tons lifted, shifted, and tipped by hand— no hydraulics. That’s a whole lot of muscle power from our crew. 14 million pounds of lifting and that doesn’t even include the weight of the containers, just the food scraps within1.

Because tons are kind of hard to visualize, we used this nifty calculator2 to try to help you understand how very much that is. It’s about 1/4th as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, and equivalent in weight to 60 blue whales, 560 school buses, or 1,400 elephants. Can you picture that?

Who do we thank first?

Our crew for all of the heavy lifting or our composting community for putting their money and effort where it counts? Don’t make us choose!

By diverting all of those food scraps from landfills, we’ve had the collective impact of reducing 11,978 tons of methane, and we’re not stopping there!

1 The first ton was hauled by Erlene with some help from her friend Marla.

2 If you have a minute, play around with this calculator. On the right is something called “Sort Order”. Changing the setting from “closest first” to “highest first” or “lowest first” yields different and delightful results. 

Author Details

As CRI’s owner, Erlene wears many hats. Though she oversees operations, equipment, crews, bookkeeping, and marketing, she says she enjoys the education piece the most. “When we started this in 2010, not too many people had been exposed to composting. They didn’t really know what it was. I have had a lot of conversations about what composting is and why it’s important. It’s important to reduce landfill use because food waste in landfills creates methane and CO2. It’s important for air and water quality. People call us and want this information.”

Erlene finds herself educating in many different settings. “Anytime I’m talking about the company, I’m educating about composting. It happens casually, socially, and at zero-waste events.” As a result of her efforts, Erlene was awarded the Walter Lucansky Environmental Stewardship Award.