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
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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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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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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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COP26: The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference

By Mary Beth Schaye | December 22, 2021

I was asked to summarize what the results of COP26 were. Let me begin by explaining what it was: A two-week summit of world leaders, climate activists, scientists, educators, indigenous leaders, and youth from around the world, on the topic of climate change. Given that, you’d think that the C stood for climate but really COP stands for Conference of the Parties, in this case, the parties being 197 nations that in 1992 agreed to a new environmental pact: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 26th annual meeting took place the first two weeks of November […]

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We Were The Lucky Ones

By Mary Beth Schaye | November 30, 2021

It’s unusual that I would be writing about the loss of companion animals for two consecutive months but Collective Resource Compost’s working cat Lucky has punched the clock for his final shift and deserves his own blogpost. I’m going to back up and tell you how we came to have a working cat at our garage, before I tell you what he meant to both our employees who work there, as well as the employees of neighboring businesses. In the fall of 2017, our former garage manager, Tomas Minotas, had the idea to get a couple of cats to […]

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Letting Go

By Mary Beth Schaye | October 29, 2021

These blogposts always relate to some area of sustainability, not just composting. I debated whether or not I should write about my dog dying. Honestly, it happened so recently that it’s all I can think about and I think writing about it could be therapeutic. Here is another thing that has been surprisingly therapeutic: mindfully rehoming all of her food, treats and supplements. I have to back up and tell you this story. We used to have a lovely cleaning person named Chrystyna. She had a dog named Fluffy. Actually, she had a series of dogs named Fluffy, which […]

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8,000 Tons & Counting!

By Mary Beth Schaye | October 25, 2021

We’re delighted to announce that we have reached another diversion milestone: 8000 tons! It’s a little hard to imagine that amount of food scraps, isn’t it? In the first six months that Erlene was hauling buckets of food scraps in her Toyota Camry, she averaged about 77 pounds a week. This week our crew hauled 50,000 pounds!  Because tons are kind of hard to visualize, we used this nifty calculator to try to help you understand how very much that is. It’s about 3/10ths as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, and equivalent in weight to 70 blue whales, […]

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Events, Events, Zero Waste Events!

By Mary Beth Schaye | October 1, 2021

Events have been the theme of the late summer and fall for us here at Collective Resource Compost. In August, we helped to manage the waste streams for the Village of Skokie at their annual Backlot Bash. In September, we helped out at Emerge, the event formerly known as Winnetka Music Fest and at the Taste of Evanston, a lovely fundraiser put on by Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club. Each of these events had food vendors and I made this joke that we should create an award for the greenest food vendor, like the awards they have at art fairs. […]

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