As we gear up to start picking up compost around Naples, the most common questions we get is, “How does Naples Compost work?” and “What is Naples Compost?”
Well, to be honest, I always stumble over my words when people ask me these questions. As a stay at home mom who mostly communicates through a blog and social media, I tend to have mom brain when I have to speak words out loud. In an effort to nail down my elevator pitch about Naples Compost, I’m going to write out the most important information that Naples residents need to know about our little company and why it’s so important.
What is Naples Compost?
Naples Compost is a residential compost pick up service in Naples, FL. You can read this post to learn more about why we decided to start this business.
When you sign up with Naples Compost, you get a countertop compost bin and a 5 gallon bucket. Each week, on your designated day, you will put your 5 gallon bucket outside your front door, and we will pick it up and replace it with a clean bucket.
To find out what you can and can’t put into a compost bin, read this. In our home we typically use our compost bin for fruit and vegetable food prep waste, but there are many other things that you can compost. Click here for a full list of what we compost with Naples Compost.
What happens next?
After we pick up your compost we take it to a location where it will undergo commercial scale composting. Several times a year we will provide you with the soil that is made from the composting process.
You can use that soil, also known as black gold, in your own garden or for potted plants. You don’t have to have a vegetable garden to enjoy the benefits of compost. We use ours for our house plants too!
Once I start explaining Naples Compost to someone, they almost always follow up with, “why?”
This is a super valid question and I don’t take answering it too lightly. While I want to give a very in-depth response, it’s best for me to keep it simple. My favorite response is, “why not?”.
Food naturally breaks down and turns back into soil, so why put it in a plastic bag to let it sit in a landfill for all of eternity? By composting food waste we can save tax payers money on landfill management and create soil. Healthy soil makes healthy food and healthy bodies. It’s a win win in our book. Read this post for a more detailed answer.
What if I want to compost, but don’t want the service?
Consider composting in your own backyard. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. Read this post to learn how to compost in your own backyard. I’ll also be updating the blog on Naples Compost regularly with tips and tricks to help everyone, not just our customers, reduce their food waste and learn how to compost correctly.
Is this unique to Naples?
As much as I’d love to say yes, it’s not. Residential compost pick up services similar to Naples Compost are popping up all over the United States. Some cities even have city wide mandated composting, much like Naples has with recycling.
Composting is becoming more and more mainstream. Pay attention and you may start to see compost bins and compostable products all around you. Here in Naples you can find compostable produce bags at Trader Joe’s, compost bins at Aldi, and compostable cups at Kunjani and The Bowl.
We believe that composting will be the norm in America one day and we are excited to bring residential compost pick up to Naples, FL.
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