Begin w a business plan. Ideas are great but need to put in writing what you want to do. Start out small w one area and build client base, loyality, partnerships etc. Collection service - Where do you bring materials - Own site? Community garden(s)? Minimize the haul!!! Do you or someone else manages and/or make the compost? If bigger compost production in mind, then separate business (Rust Belt and CCC)
Differentiate yourself btw large hauler and your boutique service
Established in 2013, Community Compost Company is a green, New York State registered Women Business Enterprise (WBE) that collects organic material and processes it into compost.
Servicing residents, businesses and institutions, the Company is pioneering organics collection Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey region to provide this service and to apply a waste-to-resource, systems approach to the issue.
The collected food waste, formerly slated for the landfill, is processed into a high quality, all natural compost that supports soil health, water quality, stormwater reduction and sequesters carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Become partners w your communities. Get involved in many events, careful with free
Starting a Composting Business: Challenges, Opportunities, & Working with Local Government
Food Scrap Recycling Services
Starting a Composting Business:
Challenges, Opportunities & Working with Local
- Est. 2013, New Paltz, NY
- LLC, Women Owned
- Food scrap collection services
- Compost production on farms
- Soil Farmer
- Sell bag/bulk compost
regionally - Hudson Soil Co.
Decentralized Model - Paradigm Shift
● Turn wasted food scraps
and other organics into
valuable soil amendments
● Distribute capital costs and
environmental impact of
composting to several small
sites, to be used in situ
● Make regional compost,
Business Components - Collection and/or Compost Production?
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
SALES & MARKETING
The compost product sales industry is currently a $3B
industry, as part of a $24B annual soil amendment
industry globally. The 8% CAGR for the soil amendment
industry globally is needed for soil cleanup, restoration, &
ag productivity. NYS markets for agriculture &
landscaping are both significant at $2.5B & $5B,
respectively. Garden Research approximates 70% of US
households participate in gardening, w average of >
$400/HH annually. … statewide garden market in New
York is between $1B and $2B.
Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) - Host organization, best resource for
community scalmall scacomposting, local economy, we are doing w local start
ups. Publications, info., training etc.
Small Business Association (SBA) - every kind of resource - business plans, on-
line tutorials, mentoring thru SCORE; offers Womens and Disadvantaged
business assistance - https://www.sba.gov/business-guide
US Composting Council (USCC) - Support organization w wealth of info. Fact
sheets, training, classes at National Conference i.e. - Compost Business
Management & training - Compost Operators Training.