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How does everyone get waste streams to compost? I tried talking and writing letters to local resturants, but they don't seem interested. Anyone have a template letter or ideas on how to get businesses interested?
 
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Hi Angie,

You will probably get better answers to your questions from others here in time,
I for one though wonder if you are interested in rescuing scraps from the dump
for humanitarian reasons or do you believe this is the best form of compost?
I wont venture that I know personally but inquire because it seems there are
better ways to get compost material.

I guess it depends on where you live, I understand in some areas the tree
disposal people can hold there mulch for ransom. Other areas are usually more
than glad to save themselves a trip to the landfill/dump where they pay to
leave this.

I am a fan a youtuber called "OneYardRevolution", if you search these forums
you'll see I have been an advocate for him often. "OneYardRevolution Mentioned in Permie Forums"

The Youtuber has multiple posts on his channel at youtube on Compost Creation

I am going to implant some of his videos on his "Free Compost Materials" here:











I will add if you still want to get fresh produce scraps from somewhere, I would inquire with grocery stores. Many in the eastern
USA are utilizing green garbage cans from business like Waste Management. These probably still end up in the landfill but maybe
the stores catch a break if the wet/green garbage is separated from the rest. The stores probably pay so much per week based
on the number of containers whether full or empty. Also you can inquire with businesses that have to
pay for removal of raw compost materials such as the horse manure, tree mulch, landscapers, homeowners that bag their grass
clippings.

Hope this helps in some way.

Mike
 
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But do also be careful and read some posts here about the persistent herbicides that can contaminate hay, straw, and even manure.
 
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The two big problems with businesses are, #1 it takes doing things differently which eats up their time, and #2 they're concerned about liability.

Both are legitimate concerns.

You have to think like a businessman and then work with them that way. If they're going to lose money by paying employees to sort stuff, it usually won't fly. A lot of businesses, particularly restaurants, are running on very slim profit margins.

That said, if you can figure out ways to make it easy on them plus give them some "green" cred, it might work. In the past I've just gone dumpster diving and saved big boxes of discarded produce from behind grocery stores. Having a non-profit animal rescue operation for a friend also helps. They get discarded produce and the stuff that's too far gone can feed your piles.
 
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