Aurora’s Wompost changes the way compost is collected

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  • We’re setting out on how Carolyn Pace is making composting more accessible to Front Range residents.

    • 5280 April 2021

    As Miss Boise in 2014, 30-year-old Carolyn Pace used her public appearances to promote environmental awareness. After moving to Aurora, she swapped her tiara for a truck and founded Wompost in 2018 to make composting more accessible to her neighbors and the benefits more tangible. We’re breaking your strategy here. *

    53: Tons of greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalents Wompost has prevented it from escaping into the atmosphere since the company was founded. Yes, there is a bit of CO2 released during composting, but compared to the strong greenhouse gases (like methane) released in landfills, it is negligible. In addition, nutrient-rich compost improves the soil and thus plant health.

    153,568: Pounds of waste wompost has been diverted from landfills – the total weight of five typical garbage trucks. Subscribers who pay between $ 9 and $ 29 per month receive a 5- or 64-gallon bucket and compostable bags to fill with groceries and junk. Pace and her team collect waste weekly from curbs and home-friendly drop-off points in Aurora, then take it to a facility where it is processed into nutrient-rich manure.

    1: Number of refurbished RTD buses Pace has turned into a composting center and plant shop. Pace met the 12-year-old giant from another recycler, and while she hasn’t been able to host many events during the pandemic, she plans to open the bus to business in front of the Wompost 25th Avenue office and farmers markets.

    60: Gallons of compost each wompost subscriber receives each year, enough to fill a four by eight foot raised bed when mixed with topsoil. Pace says it motivates people to keep composting when they see what can become of food waste (and grow vegetables with it). Shares can also be donated to community gardens.

    10%: Wompost subscribers receive discounted or free composting services through the company’s grant program, which Pace started making sure no one is being priced out of environmental policies. She will expand the grants with part of a $ 158,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    * The figures are from February 2021.

    This article appeared in the April 2021 issue of 5280.

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