Do you service single-family homes?
Yes, we do! Our focus is on multi-family buildings - buildings with more than seven units - because we believe that by using bicycle power and ingenuity we can figure out how to provide this service to an un-served market. If you live in a single-family home, first see if you are in the City of Denver compost pick-up service area. If you aren't, and/or you want Scraps service, pre-subscribe with us here and tell us more! We'd love to have you join us!
CAN YOU SHARE MORE DETAILS ON HOW YOU WORK WITH MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS?
We provide kitchen compost bins for our members, as well as a supply of compostable bags to get them started, as part of their startup fee. These bins are meant for a countertop or under-the-sink space. The bins live in each member's home. (We call our customers "members.") We allow our members to use whatever type of bin they like, however; some upgrade to fancier copper or stainless steel or ceramic bins, for example. That's fine with us!
Our members leave their kitchen/countertop bins in a designated area on pickup day. That "designated area" depends on what each building's property management and/or HOA are comfortable with. It could be a nook in a trash room, or an unused corner of a "trash chute room," or a nook in an outdoor trash enclosure fence, or a nook in a garage, or the front foyer, or the back or front porch, or a spot beside a door, or a spot between the bike racks and the alley - we're flexible! We make it easy! We're happy to meet with the managers and/or HOAs of each property in our membership to find a space that works with their building.
In some of our buildings, we leave a larger bin for our members, and they empty their compostables directly into this bin before we arrive on pickup day, when we empty the bin and put in a fresh bag. These larger bins (either 16 or 23 gallons) have charcoal filters on their lids, which let air in and keep any potential smells in. We generally don't start with any on-site collection bins like this, unless property managers are excited about the idea! We start by finding that good pickup site/nook. :)
We run our bike routes five days a week, and our residential members each have a set weekly pickup day. For property managers, the only work involved is giving us their blessing and helping find the best pickup spot for their building. The rest is on us.
Who makes your awesome bicycle-vehicle thingies?
We are proud to use bicycle-vehicles - "pedal trikes" - manufactured by a local company called Main Street Pedicabs. They pretty much sparked the pedicab movement in the U.S., and they're awesome. Interested in your own pedal-trike? Check them out here.
We've also added a few custom trailers and one mini-trike to our fleet - and second large trike coming soon! :)
I live in a building that I think might be open to do its own composting. What can I do to start my own compost pile?
Awesome! Talk to your property manager about the idea, and reach out to Denver Urban Gardens for more info on how to do it right. Where and how to build your pile, how to maintain it, etc., are all key to composting success!
Do you service restaurants?
Yes! We offer services to small restaurants, cafes, food producers and other small businesses that want to compost. In fact, our flagship customers/members are restaurants, as well as some of our "dropoff partners." Interested in composting with your restaurant? Sign up here!
do you do events?
Yes! We compost (and provide full-scale zero-waste services) at all sorts of events large and small. If you'd like Scraps to service your event, please fill out this inquiry form.
should i compost it or recycle it?
A lot of what is compostable - paper products, in particular - is also recyclable (when it's clean). We follow a "highest and best use" protocol for recycling vs. composting. So for example, if you have a piece of nice clean white paper you're getting rid of, then definitely recycle it. Virgin paper can be recycled about seven times before it can't be re-formed into paper anymore, and its last stage is a paper towel, or paper napkin, at which point it can't be recycled anymore but CAN and should be composted! Plus, there's a market for recyclable paper, so we say support it! The same idea applies to cardboard. If it's still in good condition - i.e., not overly wet or soiled with food or grease - there's a market for recycled cardboard, and it should be recycled. However, once cardboard gets food or grease on it or gets very wet, it can't be easily recycled but makes for great composting. (Note: keep in mind we're talking about commercial composting; you probably don't want to compost paper products in your backyard pile!)