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 - and they are popping up everywhere - are 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 anyhow (in a nice compost pail, of course). Then, every so often, I'd tie the full bucket up tight in a thick plastic bag and gingerly transport it across town (in a very nice car that didn't belong to me - you can see how untenable this is) to my friend's house, where he could compost in his backyard.
Obviously that wasn't a stellar long-term solution. And maybe I sometimes "waited too long" to transport the food scraps... Let's just say that BF and I are now just friends.
The long-term solution: an "ah-ha" moment in which I decided to solve my own problem, followed by many months of consternation, research, excitement, fear, and finally - Scraps.
I hope you'll join me in keeping more food scraps out of our landfill and turning them them back into something useful.
about the founder (christi turner).
Several things to know:
I love bicycles and all things pedal-powered.
I love my bicycle. She has a name.
I cannot stand waste, or wastefulness, or thoughtless consumerism.
I've worked in sustainability and sustainable community development throughout my career.
I lived nearly seven years in Madagascar, and was inspired by, among other things, the incredible ingenuity (and scrappiness) of my community.
I'm a writer, photographer and filmmaker. I believe in the power of media for social change.
I am constantly inspired to do more with less, and firmly believe that less is more.
I love Denver. I care deeply about its sustainable urban development, and want to be a (small) part of that.
This is the foundation upon which Scraps rests.