Turning NYC’s food scraps into gold

This New York architect left her design career and started Groundcycle to fill the gap left after the city discontinued compost pickups.
2:34 | 05/05/21

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We are back with what happens when a single idea takes root. The design professional switching gears in the pandemic in the direction of sustainability and community composting. Her groundcycle company is really catching on. Groundcycle is a produce and compost company. We basically connect residents with local farms, and we collect food scraps, bring it to local farms, bring back produce, distribute that. I was working as an architect and I studied architecture for five years. I was inspired to switch my career because I've always been really passionate about sustainability, and when we were all locked up at home during the beginning of the pandemic, I was at home cooking and realizing that my scraps were going into landfills, and that really didn't sit right with me. I called like 40 farmers up in one day, and asked if we can get connected and if I can bring some food scraps to them to process, and help them with distributing their food. So what happens with the food scraps is that it gets brought to this local farm upstate, and they're able to take our food scraps, process it into finished compost. Our members are getting that finished compost back to use on their houseplants, on their gardens, and it's closing the cycle completely. Basically, food scraps might not seem like a valuable substance to us, because we can't eat it. The nonediblparts are actually really nutrient dense. When it goes into landfills, it doesn't have the opportunity to decompose in a beneficial way. Actually it releases carbon emissions, which is super harmful for the environment, but when you actually process them, the correct way, which the local farms are doing, then it turns intohis thing called black gold, where it has so much nutrients inside that it hopes grow more food, way better and quicker than anything else. On a weekly basis, we pick up 2500 pounds of compost. Just this past week, we surpassed 75,000 pounds all together. May 10th is actually our one-year anniversary. When I think about where we started last year, it was just a crazy idea that I had with 13 of my friends who signed up in the first week. Now we're at hundreds people who are composting with us. It's just really incredible what one idea can do. The power of one idea, one voice, good for her, and we love that story.

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