project leader
Lynne S
location
219 Loyola Avenue
(NOLA)
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2018 Hours: We'll be at seven sites each week

the project

Compost NOW (New Orleans Waste) partners with New Orleans Public Library and Schmelly's Dirt Farm to turn residential frozen food waste into nutrient-rich compost. We are currently hosting free, weekly residential food waste drop-off sites at five library locations but plan to increase to EIGHT sites by January 2018, six days a week -- and even more later in the year.

Our goal is to divert 100,000 pounds of food waste from the landfill in 2018.

In order to do that reliably, we would like to hire several people to help staff the collections. Our wonderful volunteer hosts are not always available. 

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK? Residents bring their FROZEN fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, pits, seeds), eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, filters, plain grains, plain pasta or plain bread in a paper or compostable bag or bring scraps in a reusable container.

NO MEAT, NO DAIRY, NO OILY FOODS, NO BONES.

Why FROZEN? The agreement with the NOPL is that scraps must be frozen, to avoid potential smells, roaches and rodents at the library. Also, freezing your scraps means no smell, fruit flies, roaches or rodents for you at home PLUS freezing breaks down the cell membrane, speeding up the decomposition process.

Not everyone is ready to build and maintain a compost bin in their backyard or have a worm bin in their home - that's fine. Everyone can still help reduce the amount of food waste going into landfills by participating in this free, easy & convenient food waste collection program!

 

POTENTIAL EXPANSION IN JANUARY 2018: 

 

NEW: Every Saturday afternoon:

Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Avenue, Algiers Point, 2:00-3:30pm

NEW: Every Sunday afternoon:

Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Boulevard, 2:00-3:30pm

 

Unfortunately, due to upcoming renovations at Main Library we will not be able to expand there until later this year, perhaps the Fall.

Check out updates about our project here.

the steps

Once we  have secured enough funding, we will:

1) Work with local urban farm youth programs to find potential interns to help staff food waste collections

2) Place advertisements for part-time staff in local green-friendly outlets

3) Hire four part-time staff or interns who will each be responsible for covering 3 weekly shifts every month, plus one outreach shift from January - May.

4) Train and supervise part-time staff in how to interact with residents dropping off their scraps, and library users passing by who may have questions 

5) Promote the food waste collection program and new drop-off sites via flyers, email networks, social media, Facebook ads and -- of course - word of mouth.

6) Collect thousands of pounds of food waste every month! 

7) Work with Schmelly's and local urban farms and gardens to compost the food waste (or feed to farm animals) we deliver

8) Host at least one free educational program at the library during International Compost Awareness Week about DIY composting at home, including vermiculture (I sometimes bring a traveling worm bin to show the kids)

why we're doing it

Compost NOW (New Orleans Waste) was launched in January 2017 at two library sites; by the end of the year we were at five library sites with demand growing in neighborhoods throughout the city.

We would like to host collection programs at a minimum of eight different locations, six days a week. Our composters are wonderful people; we want to make it easy and convenient for them to drop-off their frozen food waste each week. 

New Orleans has always been known as foodie town, long celebrating "locally sourced" food. Our growing green movement has seen a huge increase in solar panels and bike lanes post-Katrina, but we do not have curbside glass recycling much less a municipal residential food waste program.

While there are many excellent people working towards a municipal program "some day", I knew from experience that the community did not need to wait!

I approached the New Orleans Public Library about allowing Compost NOW to host free, weekly food waste collections based on a successful program which I started and ran for years -- and which is still ongoing at Queens Library.

I found an excellent partner in Schmelly's Dirt Farm who makes sure the food waste is transported to local farms and turned into nutrient-rich compost or fed to the farm pigs and hogs! 

Not everyone has the time or interest in maintaining their own compost bin, and many renters have no access to outdoor space. This project allows everyone the opportunity to easily divert their food waste from the landfill while knowing the resulting compost will be used to improve soil being used to grow healthy food locally.

budget

Updated budget (as of 2.19.18):
 
We've received $700 in offline donations. Therefore, we have reduced our total online fundraising goal by $700. Thank you for your support!
 


PROJECT SUBTOTAL = $1,983
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $59
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $2,077
 
Original budget:
$30 per 2-hour shift
4 paid shifts a week (out of 8 total)
20 weeks: January 15 - June 3, 2018
 
Plus $200 outreach and promotion: printing (Flyers, Posters)
Plus $83 outreach and promotion: advertising (Facebook ads)
 
Subtotal = $2,683
 


PROJECT SUBTOTAL = 2,683
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $80
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $2,798

 

updates

2018 Hours: We'll be at seven sites each week

Thanks to everyone who donated so far, we have been able to expand to seven sites in January 2018! We'll be looking to hire our first round of staff in February. Each donation of $30 covers one shift. Staffing is our main expense.

 

 

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Residents bring their FROZEN fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, pits, seeds), eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, filters, plain grains, plain pasta or plain bread in a paper or compostable bag or bring scraps in a reusable container.
 
NO MEAT, NO DAIRY, NO OILY FOODS, NO BONES.
 
Why FROZEN? The agreement with the NOPL is that scraps must be frozen, to avoid potential smells, roaches and rodents at the library. Also, freezing your scraps means no smell, fruit flies, roaches or rodents for you at home PLUS freezing breaks down the cell membrane, speeding up the decomposition process.
 
Not everyone is ready to build and maintain a compost bin in their backyard or have a worm bin in their home - that's fine. Everyone can still help reduce the amount of food waste going into landfills by participating in this free, easy & convenient food waste collection program!
 
FALL SCHEDULE: FIVE SITES ON FOUR DIFFERENT DAYS
 
Every Monday: Children's Resource Center Library, 913 Napoleon Avenue, 4-5:30pm
 
Every Wednesday afternoon: Friends of NOPL Carriage House Bookshop, Behind Latter Library, 5120 St Charles Avenue, 12:30-2pm
 
Every Wednesday evening: Mid City Library, 4140 Canal Street, 6-7:30pm
 
Every Thursday evening: Alvar Library, 913 Alvar Street, 6-7:30pm
 
Every Saturday morning: Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad Avenue, Rear entrance, 10:30am-noon
 
POTENTIAL EXPANSION IN JANUARY 2018: EIGHT SITES, SIX DAYS A WEEK
 
NEW: Every Saturday afternoon:
 
Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Avenue, Algiers Point, 2:00-3:30pm (not confirmed)
 
NEW: Every Sunday afternoon:
 
Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Boulevard, 2:00-3:30pm  (not confirmed)
 
NEW: Every Tuesday morning:
Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, 8:30am - 10:00am  (not confirmed)
 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • David Brown
  • Robyn
  • Sandy Rosenthal
  • Anonymous
  • Stephanie L.
  • Johnathan Christian A Stroud
  • laura papadopoulos
  • Dig Easy Supports Compost Now53
  • Anonymous
  • New Orleans Green LLC