WELCOME TO PEOPLE 1ST: COMPOST
The State of Connecticut currently has a major trash issue.
How will we be composting food scraps?
Our pilot program will use a commercial composter, able to process 1000 lbs of food scraps daily. Within a 24 hours period, the food waste will have been mostly converted into compost with a 10x volume reduction. This will allow us to create a faster turnover rate than using traditional compost methods. Each compost batch will then sit in separate bins for up to three weeks to finish processing, and once complete, it will have become fresh, nutrient rich compost.
The compost generated will first be used in our vertical farm to support the growth of healthy produce, with any remainder will be available for purchase through our warehouse, as well as through partnering local nurseries and garden centers.
Where will we source our food waste?
We are currently in the start-up stage of this effort. Needs include:
- Raising awareness of this new effort in the community
- Accessing local produce while our vertical farm is becoming operational
- Households outside the East/North Ends can support this effort by ordering their groceries from People 1st and picking them up at the warehouse or a corner store partner rather than having us incur the expense of delivering these orders.
Total initial funding need is estimated at $150,000.