Scraps collects compostables (food scraps & more!) from
Our 400+ customers add more to that total every day.
Scraps uses a pedal-powered approach
to urban compost pickup.
Denver's other composting services are limited. They 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. Since we're pedal-powered, not only are we a low-carbon alternative to truck-based compost pickup; we also have the flexibility to service just about any residential or business customer who wants to compost with us.
We make composting accessible, in a way other waste haulers can’t. Our bikes & trikes can go anywhere. Your bin can wait for us just about anywhere. We create an individualized pickup for our members, based on their unique building, property management and/or HOA. And we don't just empty bins & move on: 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.
give residents of condominiums & apartments the opportunity to compost in Denver.
(…but we service restaurants, offices & all manner of businesses, too!)
If you live in a condominium or apartment building -
any building with more than seven units - then Scraps is the program for you.
No other program in Denver offers individualized service to multi-family buildings, like condos and apartments.
As a resident, once you know you want to compost with us, we work with your property manager and/or HOA to find the best pickup spot for your unique building. We can pickup from trash rooms, "trash chute rooms," empty spaces in garages, front or back porches - nearly anywhere.
We're dedicated to filling this gap - bringing the option to compost to residents & businesses who can't get it through the city's service, or through a truck-based hauler - and helping our community keep more compostables out of the landfill.
here's another way to understand how we work!
As a Scraps member, you receive a three-gallon bin for your household compostables, and we empty it for you once weekly. You’ll leave your bin out in a pickup spot that works for your building.
We use pedal-power - trikes & trailers - to go from pickup to pickup, emptying full compost bins along our routes.
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" (called "cans" in the biz) with the compostables we collect from our customers. For our dropoff partners, collaborating with us means helping more Denverites compost. For Alpine, it means showing their commitment to helping more people compost, even if they can’t be Alpine customers.
The compostables we collect from our members are transported by Alpine Waste 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?!"
That's the frustration that sparked the Scraps story.
Christi (the founder) was living in a condominium, which meant she couldn't do anything with her compostable "trash" but throw it in the garbage. Denver's compost collection program doesn't extend to multi-family buildings, meaning that none of the condominiums & apartment buildings in Denver with more than seven units - and there are thousands of them - were able to compost. Ugh. It felt like an unbearable waste.
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