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compost business models? incentivise waste donation? composting hair clippings?  RSS feed

Shaz Jameson
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Location: Hilversum, Netherlands, urban, zone 7
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Hi all,

Question is a 2 parter.

In my head I'm tinkering with project ideas to spread composting and zero waste initiatives. I live in a small town in the Netherlands. All green/garden/biodegradable waste for households is collected by the waste collection authority, but none of the businesses have their organic waste collected because htat's an extra tax and they don't qualify for it. So I'm looking at incentives and business models to encourage businesses to compost.

Since moving to this town 5 years ago, the first thing that struck me is there is an over abundance of hairdressing salons. Like, way more places to get your hair cut than to buy cigarettes, which having been in the UK prior was really weird.

I was thinking, could I use all those hairclippings that fall to the ground and get swept into the bin?

I found this news article that a hairdresser was prevented from taking home hair clippings for his compost pile for some bureaucratic kerfuffle. That's not what I'm interested in, though it's a good point.

I tried once to get a cafe to give me their used coffee beans. Which they did, but the transport for me was a pain and the sheer volume of it meant that alone I couldn't keep it up, and there was no clear strategic uptake of said used coffee beans. So it failed. But I learned from it.

Do you have any suggestions for what the incentives in a compost business model would look like?

I'm thinking something along hte lines of get companies to donate their waste of a particular kind, compost/do something productive with that waste stream, and then create something new out of it.

For instance, David and Kirsten Sewak in Mycelial Mayhem talk about using used cigarette butts to grow mushrooms on, and creating some sort of incentive to collect used butts.

Just throwing ideas out there. Any thoughts welcome!

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