"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 tricycles!) & the pursuit of a more pedal-powered (low carbon, low speed, wind in your hair) society.
An ongoing intention to do more with less.
A 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.
A 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 meaningful, part of that.

- christi turner.