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Starting a Composting Business: Challenges, Opportunities, & Working with Local Government

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6th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum
Panel 4: The Business of Community Composting
Eileen Banyra
Community Compost Company
New York & New Jersey

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Starting a Composting Business: Challenges, Opportunities, & Working with Local Government

  1. 1. Food Scrap Recycling Services
  2. 2. Starting a Composting Business: Challenges, Opportunities & Working with Local Government
  3. 3. About Us - 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.
  4. 4. 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, reduce trucking
  5. 5. Business Components - Collection and/or Compost Production?
  6. 6. Business Plan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY VISION, MISSION & VALUES PRODUCTS & SERVICES INDUSTRY ANALYSIS MARKET ANALYSIS COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS SALES & MARKETING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT TEAM FINANCIALS REQUIRED CAPITAL 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.
  7. 7. Business - Collection Service
  8. 8. Services -Residential D2D, Commercial (office, restaurant, high rise, institutional) & Drop Spots - (town, farmers markets)
  9. 9. Service - What Modes of Transportation
  10. 10. Take Aways ● CAN’T BE OR DO EVERYTHING ● HAVE MULTIPLE REVENUE STREAMS ● LEARN TO SAY NO ● HAVE A DIVERSE TEAM and ● BUILD DREAMS ON YOUR RESEARCH AND FACTS
  11. 11. Why
  12. 12. Keep in touch! Eileen Banyra, Founder eileen@communitycompostco.com Phone: 845-787-3478 communitycompostco.com
  13. 13. Resources 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.

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