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Scraps picks up where the city compost program leaves off, covering larger residential buildings and businesses on bikes and trikes.
Turner is part of a growing movement to fill the gaps in Denver’s food waste management using bikes. Along with Denver Food Rescue, a nonprofit that saves food that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery stores and takes it directly to communities in need, Scraps offers hyperlocal solutions that the city and others may not provide. Both groups do the bulk of their work from bikes, allowing neighborhood-based programs and immediate deliveries without a middleman.
Up to 50 percent of what Denverites throw away is organic matter that could be composted. While the city of Denver does offer a composting program, they stop short of serving residential buildings with more than seven units. Additionally, small businesses and restaurants often have logistical problems that come with composting, including storage and transportation. Scraps fills in the gaps by picking up organic waste and hauling it, via bicycle, to existing commercial compost pick-up spots. Since the organization had its first run in mid-June, Scraps has averted more than 2,000 pounds of compostable waste from landfills.
Turner has already gotten some high-profile restaurants and events to pay for her service, which oh, by the way, is done entirely by bike. Work & Class, Cart-Driver and the Big Wonderful have utilized Turner’s service already during a soft launch.
With introductory prices starting at $15 a month for multi-family housing pickup, there really isn’t a reason not to be composting with Scraps. Either Turner or one of her pedalers will pick up once a week and if you happen to be as passionate about composting as Scraps is, Turner will host or co-host an informational happy hour for your community to get you and your neighbors on-board.