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 The Compost Company!
Founded by Edward Wansing, The Compost Company is the only facility in middle Tennessee accepting food waste, which they recycle (along with other compostable materials) into organic composts, soil blends, and mulches. We spoke to Emily Ezell to find out more about her organization.
What led you to start your composting operation?
Ezell: At the time, there was a complete lack of infrastructure to provide food waste and compostable materials collection and recycling services in middle Tennessee. Given that food has become one of the largest components of what goes into landfills, we were convinced that there was an enormous opportunity to have a meaningful positive impact on our community and environment.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Ezell: We serve commercial facilities of all descriptions: restaurants, offices, hotels, hospitals, food manufacturers, caterers, and event spaces. If someone would like to explore how a program might work at their place of business, they can call 615-866-8152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Ezell: We currently average around 160 tons per week.
Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.
Ezell: We have gotten in the habit of naming our trucks. Our dump truck is Haulk Hogan (it has “Haulkamania” painted on the back), and our food waste collection truck is Macho Man Randy Salvage.
If you would like to be featured in a future edition of Community Heroes, please email us at email@example.com.