Exchange Food Waste For Fresh Produce Credits
Hello Compost lets low-income New Yorkers exchange compost for fresh fruits and veggies.
A city like New York, that houses more than eight million inhabitants, generates huge amounts of landfill waste. This motivated Hello Compost to develop a project that incentivizes low income residents to exchange compost for fresh produce credits while encouraging better eating practices and saving organic matter from the garbage.
Hello Compost participants are provided with attractive, odor-blocking, freezable bags to store their food waste. The bags are collected by Project EATS, a New York non-profit organization, and then weighed and given a value that translates into credits that can be used to purchase food grown by local farmers. The credits are tracked using a smartphone app. The goal is to close the loop on food waste by connecting agriculture with those who could most benefit from a balanced meal. Cofounder Aly Blenkin says: