Welcome to BioBag’s Community Heroes series! Each month, we will highlight community heroes that are making a difference in their communities and working to make their local environments cleaner and healthier.
This month, we are taking a look at Curbside Composting Morganton!
Curbside Composting Morganton’s mission is to educate on the importance of food waste diversion and soil health and to facilitate the composting process for residential and commercial customers in Morganton, North Carolina. CEO James Davidson provided us with some more information about Curbside Composting Morganton, which you can read below.
What led you to start your composting operation?
Davidson: My family and I had been avid composters for years but eventually grew tired of the at-home tumbler bins and thought there has to be an easier way. Modeling ourselves after our local recycling service Simply Green, we began to build Curbside Composting Morganton.
I am a lung and critical care physician by trade. My father and I started Curbside Composting Morganton in February of 2018 to help educate our community on the benefits of composting and to encourage sustainability. Morganton is a beautiful city of about 16,000 people in western North Carolina. Dubbed “Nature’s Playground,” Morganton is known for outdoor activities and environmentally conscious residents and businesses. Curbside Composting Morganton has been a great addition to the community, serving both residents and businesses alike.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Davidson: We started our business with a focus on residential customers and built a very loyal following. In March of 2020, we launched our commercial composting service and had a great deal of success working with [businesses] Mountain Burrito and C2Life meals, but then the pandemic forced us to pause our commercial composting roll out. We refocused on residential growth and will be refocusing our efforts on the commercial side this spring.
We are very active on social media including Facebook and Instagram and have a fantastic website with information about our services and our local sustainability partnership program. People can contact us through the website and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Davidson: We divert approximately 1.3 tons of food waste out of our local landfills each month, which is over 15 tons per year. From our compost, we make a soil additive called compost tea. We have a number of avid gardeners and “green thumbs” who receive compost tea each week and have used it to grow amazing house plants and gardens.
Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.
Davidson: My wife and I are lovers of the outdoors and avid hikers and mountain bikers. We are also foster parents and recently adopted our youngest daughter.
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