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Compost: A Business Model for Small Communities

///Compost: A Business Model for Small Communities

Are you planning to start a compost site for your community and turn organic waste into a thriving business venture? There are numerous opportunities to be taken advantage of when it comes to organic waste management.

Composting is the most cost-effective option that gives you the opportunity to earn a profit and contribute positively to the environment. Small communities and villages can be directly involved in creating a business model based on selling compost.

Ideally, the first step would be to consult your local authorities to see if you need a license to operate a composting company. Some areas may have strict guidelines on how to establish a compost business.

How would a compost business model work for small communities?

To begin with, it is important to understand the science of creating compost and what it entails. With only a few steps, small communities can learn how to create compost that decomposes fast to a quality end-product. Most organic material for creating compost can be obtained locally and include food waste, leaves, and grass cuttings. Once the right material is obtained, the remaining step is to let everything decompose in its own time.

Community composting has played a major role in reducing the amount of food waste that goes to the landfills and garbage disposals. By setting up small collection centers, members of the community can drop-off free organic waste that is used for composting. Some communities own and operate trucks for collecting food waste while others use bicycles to source for organic waste in the villages. If the laws and regulations of the area permit for composting, the community will look for the most suitable site to establish their composting business. Ideally, the site has to be some distance away from residential or commercial areas because of the smell that comes from the decomposing organic matter.

The fully composted material is then sold to rural farmers, urban farmers, gardeners and residential neighborhoods who require fertile, nutrient-rich topsoil that works as a perfect substitute for fertilizer. The community earns profit from this venture, with very little investment on their part.

What you need to pull it off

To start a composting business that has the potential to grow and make money, you need to get a good grip of the following:

It is important to get a good grip of what composting involves. The better you understand the science of composting and the business aspect of it, the more likely you are to pull off it and experience growth. Starting a scalable composting business will need you to understand what makes a good compost, composting cycles, what to avoid and what to expect during the first few seasons of composting and the ecological role of composting. Acquiring this knowledge is vital if you want to set a successful compost business.

Composting is a labor-intensive business that costs a lot of money to get started. Maintenance and land costs constitute the bulk expenses during the early stages of setting up the business. Other costs come from hauling and distribution of compost, buying more land for the compost site, maintenance tools, acquiring licenses from local and state authorities and collection services. When acquiring new organic waste, some may charge a fee. But a majority, such as restaurants will give out food waste for free since it reduces their expenditure on waste management.

In many places around the world, businesses are required to acquire licenses for operation. This is no different when it comes to composting. Many local governments and state authorities may require you to acquire a license for operation and adhere to specific environmental and health laws of the area. During this process you may spend some money just to straighten things up, but the rewards will be yours for a long time.

Bowl of household vegetable and fruits refuse collected for compost Organic waste is the raw material required for your business. Finding a steady supply of organic waste will allow you to operate a scalable business that has the potential to sustain itself. There are many options to consider when it comes to finding sources of organic waste. Many restaurants, cafes, and other businesses in your locality may be willing to give away organic waste for free. This helps them to reduce on waste management costs, while you make profit out of it.

Once you have the necessary tools and equipment, labor and land, the next step is to ensure your composting business is legally compliant to avoid wasting time and money in the future. A business plan will give you direction as an entrepreneur and guide your daily operations. The financial flow of your business must be clear to determine the various expenses and costs that are involved. You might also consider acquiring a business insurance if it is a requirement in your area.

What are the benefits of composting?

Aside from helping the local community earn some money, composting has numerous benefits for the environment at large.

First, the composting process allows organic waste to biodegrade naturally into fertile, rich soils used by farmers instead of chemical fertilizers. The organic compost is healthy to the soil, bacteria and water sources. It helps in soil reconditioning process which is vital for healthier crops and more yields.

Composting reduces the spread of greenhouse gases by reducing the amount of food waste that ends up in the landfills. In the landfills, food material does not decay efficiently and produces a greenhouse gas called methane. In a compost site, organic material decays efficiently because of regular overhauling.

Overall, composting offers a sustainable waste management that conserves our ecosystem.

2018-08-31T07:33:38+00:00By |Categories: Africa, Word Wide Recycling|0 Comments

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