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 Dirt Wain!
Brett Bloom started Dirt Wain in 2019, bringing composting to communities around Fort Wayne, Indiana. Serving households, neighborhood organizations, and businesses of various sizes, Dirt Wain is dedicated to community-scale composting and contributing to the unique place that is Fort Wayne. We spoke to Brett to find out more about his business.
What led you to start your composting operation?
Bloom: There is a lot of redevelopment and economic investment in Fort Wayne. The city has turned itself around from Rust Belt to whatever it is becoming. Indiana has an abysmal record of low wages and high pollution, and we hope to impact this by insisting on a cleaner place to live as our prospects are elevated. Composting is one big component of this.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Bloom: We compost food scraps, yard waste, and pet waste. Our subscribers are households, apartment complexes, churches, schools, commercial kitchens, large factories, coffee shops, grocery stores and more. [More information about the various subscription plans can be found here.]
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Bloom: 5-6 tons. [A chart of total materials composted per month can be viewed here.]
Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.
Bloom: Fort Wayne is where we operate from. Dirt Wain is the business name. It sounds like Fort Wayne, except a wain is an old English term for an open farm wagon. It has not been in regular use since the late 17th century.
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