Composting, New Hampshire


A new green business startup is helping restaurants save money and compost in New England. Inspired by San Francisco's composting mandate---a law which requires residents to compost biodegradable materials such as produce food scraps-- Ryan Bedard recognized the demand for alternative waste disposal services back home in Maine and New Hampshire and founded the company EcoMovement last November. Essentially, EcoMovement provides a curbside composting service to commercial businesses. They haul only their clients' compostable waste, leaving garbage and recycling to the local hauler, Waste Management. They then take those organics to two local facilities, where they are composted, turned into valuable soil amendments and sold to landscapers and farmers. What's particularly novel about the composting startup, is that it allows restaurants to save significantly on waste disposal while minimizing their footprint. Rather than a flat fee, businesses are charged based on the volume of waste they produce. EcoMovement's service costs about 20% less than competing waste management services; and some restaurants report cost savings as high as 75%.

For many restaurant owners in the area, the EcoMovement composting service seems like a no brainer, save money while delivering a greener service to your clients.

National Public Radio featured a lengthy piece on EcoMovement earlier last month. You can find it here.

Restaurants pay based on the amount of waste they produce

EcoMovement hauls only their clients’ compostable waste, leaving garbage and recycling to the local hauler, Waste Management. They then take those organics to two local facilities, where they are composted, turned into valuable soil amendments and sold to landscapers and farmers. Restaurants pay based on the amount of waste they produce Take your compost bucket, have it on line with you, take all of your produce scraps. Cut their costs by at least 75%. Eco-movement.

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