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 Ozark Compost!
Check out our interview below with Ricky Ludeman to find out more!
What led you to start your composting operation?
Ludeman: I actually didn’t know anything about composting a few years ago, but wanted to be more sustainable in our household. I read a book on how to be more sustainable and one of the number one items was composting. We were living in Colorado at the time and signed up for a compost collection service called Compost Colorado. It was life changing for us and we’d never throw food waste away again. Two years later we moved to Northwest Arkansas and there was no compost collection and we decided to start our own, which created Ozark Compost & Swap.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Ludeman: We serve the Northwest Arkansas area, which includes single-family, apartments, and businesses. You can find us on Instagram or Facebook @ozarkcompost or visit our website www.ozarkcompost.com.
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Ludeman: We pickup between 3,000 to 4,000 pounds a week.
Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.
Ludeman: With our compost pickup we offer coffee refills for our composters using a local roaster here in Arkansas. We use refillable coffee canisters from Airscape, which is a fun add-on to your compost collection, all at your doorstep.
Feel free to add any additional information about your operation as you see fit.
Ludeman: Our goal is to keep it convenient and simple.
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