we provide pedal-powered food scraps pickup for city people.
Scraps is a new concept for the Mile High City. We're a low-carbon, pedal-powered, customized compost pickup service, tailored to residents of multi-family buildings.
Did you know that up to 50 percent of what Denverites throw in the landfill is organic matter that could be composted? Unfortunately Denver's limited existing composting programs aren't able to offer services to buildings with more than seven units, and Denver is filled with these "multi-family buildings" - more and more all the time.
Scraps addresses this problem in a way other waste haulers can’t - because we’re scrappy. We don't just empty bins and move on. We provide individualized pickups and programs for our members, based on their unique building, property management and/or HOA. We keep our members informed and energized about composting!
We add value to the community with every mile. We're keeping tons of organic waste out of the landfill, helping return food to the soil, adding to the local economy without adding greenhouse gas emissions to the air, and collaborating with other like-minded businesses and non-profits whenever we can.
(PS: We also service single-family homes, town homes, and other types of residences who can't compost through the city's program, as well as restaurants and other small businesses. Join here!)
we're designed to serve condominiums & apartments (& small biz, too).
If you live in a condominium or apartment building -
any building with more than seven units - then this is the program for you.
No other program in Denver offers individualized service to multi-family buildings, like condos and apartments.
We work directly with residents. And we work with property managers and HOAs to find the best way to service the residents of each unique building. We pickup from trash rooms, "trash chute rooms," empty spaces in garages, nooks in outdoor trash enclosures, front or back porches, and more.
here's another way to understand how we work!
We use pedal-power - mostly trikes! - to go from pickup to pickup, emptying full compost bins along our routes.
Usually our members just leave their bins out for us in their designated pickup spot, although sometimes we leave slightly larger bins on-site for them to put their compostables into, and we simply empty that one larger bin.
We partner with customers of Alpine Waste & Recycling to be our "dropoff partners" - and essentially, they let us fill the extra space in their large compost "dumpsters" (often called "cans" in the biz) with the compost we collect from our customers. We don't cost anyone any money in the process. For our dropoff partners, collaborating with us means increasing the impact of their decision to compost into the wider neighborhood. For Alpine, it means great exposure, good press and often times referrals to new clients.
The compostables we collect from our members are transported by Alpine Waste out to A1 Organics, where they are processed into beautiful, soil-enhancing, life-supporting compost! Yay!
all illustrations by the talented Pen+Pine.
We are a Certifiably Green Denver business!
"why can't i compost here?!"
(a.k.a. the "about us" page.)
That's the frustration that started Scraps.
I was living in a condominium, which meant I couldn't do anything with my organic "trash" but throw it in the garbage. Ugh. It felt like such a terrible waste.
Denver's compost collection program doesn't extend to multi-family buildings, meaning that none of the condominiums and apartment buildings in Denver with more than seven units - and they are popping up everywhere - were able to compost. We can talk more about why that is, but we'll have to sit down over coffee sometime.
Somehow I convinced my boyfriend to let me collect our food scraps under the sink (in a nice compost pail, of course)...
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