Urban Roots expands to northeast Grand Rapids

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Urban Roots’ YOUR Compost program will provide compost collection services to Creston, Belknap, Highland Park, Auburn Hills and North East Citizens Action neighborhoods starting April 7. Courtesy Urban Roots

A compost program is expanding its service area in Grand Rapids.

Urban Roots’ YOUR Compost program will provide compost collection services to Creston, Belknap, Highland Park, Auburn Hills and North East Citizens Action neighborhoods starting April 7.

The program will offer residential and commercial pickup of domestic food waste that will be processed and turned into organic compost used for farming and gardening for under $21 per month.

“In the past few years, Grand Rapids has kindly given us their rotten pasta and coffee grounds; and through the process of composting, we have ended with rich, fertile humus to use at our Urban Farm in Madison,” said Levi Gardner, Urban Roots founder and co-executive director. “Since our humble beginnings with a bicycle and some buckets a few years ago, we’ve diverted more than 65,000 pounds of organic waste, expanded our service area twice and partnered with organizations like Fulton Heights to establish additional hub sites throughout the city. We’re looking forward to increasing the positive impact we can have on the city’s overall waste stream.”

Individuals who are interested in the YOUR Compost program can subscribe on Urban Roots’ website. Monthly subscribers can receive weekly pickup or choose options such as twice-monthly service.

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