"why can't i compost here?!"

 

That's the frustration that started this. 

I was living in a condominium, and that meant I couldn't do anything with my food scraps but throw them in the trash. That's because 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 are able to compost. 

Somehow I convinced my boyfriend to let me collect our food scraps under the sink (in a nice compost pail, of course). Every so often, I'd tie the full bucket inside a thick plastic bag and gingerly transport it across town to a friend's house, who could compost in his backyard.

Obviously that wasn't a good long-term solution - but my frustration was slowly yielding to so-crazy-they-just-might-work ideas. After months of consternation, research, excitement & fear, I decided it was time to solve my own problem. Scraps was born.

I hope you'll join us in keeping more food scraps & other compostable organic "waste" out of our landfill, and turning it back into something useful instead!


the founder & our foundation

 

As Scraps' founder, I've tried to lay a foundation comprised of the following:

My love of bicycles (and now tricycles!) & the pursuit of a more pedal-powered (low carbon, low speed, wind in your hair) society.
My continuous intention to do more with less.
My distaste for waste, wastefulness & thoughtless consumerism. 
My training in sustainability and sustainable community development, throughout my career.
The inspiration & joy of living nearly seven years in Madagascar - being inspired by, among other things, the incredible ingenuity (and scrappiness) of my community.
My deep love for Denver, my home for the past six years, and concern for its sustainable development as an urban community.
My desire to be a small, yet powerful, part of that.

- christi turner.