Examining Our Consumption

By Mary Beth Schaye | April 28, 2022

To be clear, I’m talking about this definition of consumption: the using up of a resource, not this definition: a wasting disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis. Although maybe we industrialized countries do have a wasting disease that we have not yet labeled as such. I’m writing this directly following our Environmental Justice Discussion Group discussion of the documentary The Sacrifice Zone: Life in an Industrial Wasteland. The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Maria Lopez-Nuñez, a Honduran-American resident there, is waging a war for environmental justice. She is part of […]

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Environmental Justice Discussion Group 2022

By Mary Beth Schaye | April 15, 2022

Education has always been a part of our business. This was surprising to us at first, but it became clear that if we were going to persuade anyone to use our service, we needed to educate them on why our planet needs us to compost. These days we do a lot of educating through our monthly blog on the topics of composting, zero waste and other areas of sustainability. After the George Floyd uprisings, many book groups popped up focused on reading and discussing books on racism/anti-racism and reading books by authors of color, but we were not aware […]

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2022 Spring Finished Compost Gift-Back

By Mary Beth Schaye | April 7, 2022

We are offering free finished compost to the customers who helped make it! Collective Resource Compost customers can claim up to 10 gallons of finished compost as our gift to you. You can also purchase additional compost for $5/5 gallons (cash or check only). We’re able to do this, with the help of The Talking Farm, who is graciously hosting our gift-back event at their Howard Street Farm. The finished compost has been processed by Green Soils Management, an EPA-permitted processor, located in East Dundee. This compost, packed with microorganisms and fungi, is ready for any type of crop, […]

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Biking in Chicagoland

By Collective Resource | March 26, 2022
biking in chicago

I feel compelled to write about biking this month, maybe because the snow has melted and spring is in the air. I think we all know that driving less, and biking and walking more is better for all of us. Did you know that there are organizations working on making it safer for us to do that? The Active Transportation Alliance (or Active Trans for short) is a coalition of people who are working to make walking, biking, and public transit safe and equitable options for getting around Chicagoland. Perhaps you haven’t heard of them but you may have […]

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Environmental Justice Discussion Group 2022

By Mary Beth Schaye | March 24, 2022

Education has always been a part of our business. This was surprising to us at first, but it became clear that if we were going to persuade anyone to use our service, we needed to educate them on why our planet needs us to compost. These days we do a lot of educating through our monthly blog on the topics of composting, zero waste and other areas of sustainability. After the George Floyd uprisings, many book groups popped up focused on reading and discussing books on racism/anti-racism and reading books by authors of color, but we were not aware […]

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Think Outside the Banana Peel

By Mary Beth Schaye | March 6, 2022

Every so often we feel like we need to give a pep talk. This one is about getting the most out of our service. We want you to divert all of your compostable material! We think we’re communicating all of the different possibilities but consider this an open invitation to ask customer service if you’re unsure. We’re incorporating the items that customer service is often asked about. It makes us so sad to swap out a nearly empty container. So sad. It might seem that this blog post is trying to encourage you to produce more waste. We actually […]

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Environmental Justice Discussion Group 2022

By Mary Beth Schaye | February 25, 2022

Education has always been a part of our business. This was surprising to us at first, but it became clear that if we were going to persuade anyone to use our service, we needed to educate them on why our planet needs us to compost. These days we do a lot of educating through our monthly blog on the topics of composting, zero waste and other areas of sustainability. After the George Floyd uprisings, many book groups popped up focused on reading and discussing books on racism/anti-racism and reading books by authors of color, but we were not aware […]

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Zeroing In On Zero

By Mary Beth Schaye | January 31, 2022

I’ve been thinking about zero lately. That may sound like a mindfulness exercise, that I’m trying to clear my mind of all its unhelpful thoughts. If you know me mostly through this blog and my work with Collective Resource Compost, you are aware that I think and talk about zero waste all of the time. What I’ve been thinking about lately is more insidious, waste that you can’t really see, that has a negative environmental impact.  Inbox Zero Sporadically on Facebook, I’ve seen friends posting screenshots of their email in-boxes with the message “No unread mail” or something similar […]

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Restaurant Raffle 2022: Win While Helping Local Businesses

By Collective Resource | January 24, 2022
Restaurant raffle

We loved creating this restaurant raffle to support our community so much last year that we’ve decided to do it again! Who’s ready for a post-holiday game that just happens to help our composting community? Winters are historically slower times for restaurants and cafes. This winter is likely to be even harder Win a restaurant gift card We’re sponsoring a restaurant raffle for you to win a gift card from any of the food-related businesses listed below. You get to choose which one. First Prize: $75 gift card, Second Prize: $50 gift card, Third Prize: $25 gift card. Raffle […]

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Environmental Justice Discussion Group 2022

By Mary Beth Schaye | January 19, 2022

Education has always been a part of our business. This was surprising to us at first, but it became clear that if we were going to persuade anyone to use our service, we needed to educate them on why our planet needs us to compost. These days we do a lot of educating through our monthly blog on the topics of composting, zero waste and other areas of sustainability. After the George Floyd uprisings, many book groups popped up focused on reading and discussing books on racism/anti-racism and reading books by authors of color, but we were not aware […]

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