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Company Makes Composting Simple
Core Living Compost is an organic waste pickup service in Ames, Iowa, that’s dedicated to making it easier for customers to compost garbage. The company aims to turn that food waste into a commodity by converting it into a valuable soil additive.
The company’s goal is to reduce some of the estimated 40 percent of food that ends up in landfills by transforming it into compost instead, says Andrew Frank, Core Living Compost co-founder.
All Core Living Compost customers are provided with compost containers, which the company collects and cleans regularly. “We offer this service on a weekly or biweekly schedule depending on the customers’ needs,” explains Frank. It’s possible to choose between 4 and 32-gal. containers, depending on whether you create waste at a residential or commercial scale.
The organic waste goes to Ames’ Resource Recovery Center and then travels to an industrial composting facility in Eddyville, Iowa.
Explains Frank, “Since our food waste is delivered to an industrial composting facility, we can accept more materials than a standard backyard compost pile. This includes meat, dairy, and industrially compostable plastics and packaging.”
Getting involved is simple. Upon signing up and paying a $10 bucket deposit, you can choose to commit to a weekly pickup for $25 or bi-weekly pickup for $15. The company will drop off a bucket on pickup days, along with instructions on what can go inside. Set the bucket out before 7:30 a.m. on pickup day, and the team will swap it for a clean one.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Core Living Compost, 2040 Hawthorn Court Dr. Apt. 7115, Ames, Iowa 50010 (ph 847-804-8172; www.corelivingcompost.com).

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