Nature As Inspiration, Plus All This Other Cool Stuff We’ve Got Going On

By Mary Beth Schaye | January 21, 2021

I’m so jazzed about all of the things we have going on and I don’t think it’s the coffee talking. Restaurant Raffle 2021 Inspired by the Village of Winnetka’s Take Out Challenge we created our own Restaurant Raffle to support the restaurants and other food-related businesses that have made sustainability a priority by continuing to use our composting service through the COVID crisis. We hope that you will peruse the list, give them your business and enter the raffle! Environmental Justice Discussion Group We’ve officially launched our Environmental Justice Discussion Group. We introduced the idea in our blogpost Addressing […]

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Environmental Justice Discussion Group 2021

By Mary Beth Schaye | January 21, 2021

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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Restaurant Raffle 2021: Win While Helping Local Businesses

By Mary Beth Schaye | January 13, 2021
Restaurant raffle 2021

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 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 rules The raffle runs from January 13 through February 28, 2021. Show us receipts from any of the food-related businesses that are […]

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Hope for the Future

By Mary Beth Schaye | December 22, 2020

What do you hope for in 2021? I’m hoping that the COVID-19 vaccine works, that it is distributed quickly and equitably, and that any environmental gains that we’ve experienced because of the pandemic endure. I’m also encouraged that we can pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in Illinois and President-elect Biden’s version of the Green New Deal (The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice) in the United States. When I was thinking about the renewed hope for real climate and environmental justice progress that comes with the change in administration, I remembered this inspiring […]

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7000 Tons and Counting

By Erlene Howard | November 25, 2020

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 […]

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Municipal Franchise Agreements: Making a Difference

By Mary Beth Schaye | November 24, 2020

It’s the holiday season and you might be expecting a blog post about green gifts. Here’s the post that I wrote last year. Not all of the ideas are applicable during a pandemic but I’m always going to suggest experiences over things. If you have been in our composting community for a few years, you probably know that we entered into a franchise agreement with our hometown of Evanston in November 2017 and our neighbors in Skokie in January 2020, but have you heard that we’ve just added Morton Grove beginning December 2020? You may be wondering what a […]

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Feeding Hungry People

By Mary Beth Schaye | October 26, 2020
Soup kitchen

We’re clearly very interested in composting food waste here at Collective Resource Compost, but we’re also interested in all of the other levels in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy illustrated in this pyramid. If you’re interested in learning more about the different levels of the pyramid, check out the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. The pyramid plays a starring role, second only to the somewhat foul-mouthed narrator Anthony Bourdain, of blessed memory. Feeding Hungry People Did you know that we offer a tote discount to the organizations that feed people, like food pantries and organizations […]

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Host a Pumpkin Smash: Halloween Fun That’s Good for the Planet

By Mary Beth Schaye | October 1, 2020

Are you looking for a fun fall activity that also happens to be good for the planet? Host a pumpkin smash! Halloween is likely to be a bit less fun this year, so why not give the kids something new and exciting to look forward to? And honestly, I’m sure there are some adults who’d also enjoy a little smashing. Pumpkins are compostable! Imagine if just a fraction of them were composted, how good that would be for the planet. Just like pumpkins, these pumpkin smashing events can come in all different sizes. This could be something you do […]

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How to protect your compost bucket from squirrels

By Erlene Howard | September 30, 2020

Squirrels, Squirrels, everywhere! Squirrels are ingenious city dwellers that consider our homes as public canteen, and what better than a stash of food “served” in a bright orange bucket! Many of you have been reporting squirrel damage to your compost buckets and we’ve been delivering Squirrel Stopper Lids left and right.  (If you don’t have one, let us know and we can give you one on your next pickup.) In addition to the Squirrel Stopper Lids, Collective Resource, Inc. would like to pass on this helpful advice below to dissuade these little buggers. How do the squirrels get into […]

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Taking Back Their Future: Youth Climate Activism

By Mary Beth Schaye | September 24, 2020
Sunrise Movement Youth Climate Activism

By this point, you’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard of Greta Thunberg and her eco-activism. If her name is unfamiliar, you can learn about her in this picture book. Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter. We talked about her in our Better Living Through Trees blogpost. This back-to-school time of year has me thinking about her and (spoiler alert) how every Friday she’d ditch school and go sit in front of the parliament building silently protesting her country’s response to climate change: not strong […]

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