Waste strategy: Scheme fosters urban composting

22 : 07 : 2013 Agriculture : Composting : Rurban

New York – Hello Compost is a new service designed to help urban residents to trade organic waste for fresh produce.

The idea is an initiative of Project EATS, a New York non-profit-making organisation dedicated to urban agriculture. Urban composting is often associated with elite, environmentally conscious populations. But a city-wide strategy to reduce organic waste headed for landfill sites would require more New Yorkers to become involved.

With Hello Compost, participants put organic waste into freezable canvas bags and later exchange it for credits to buy fresh produce. The hope is that the service will make composting a viable option for low-income residents who otherwise would not have time to sort out their compostable waste.

Hello Compost will also use an iPad app to track progress, in the hope that the element of gamification will spur households to make extra effort to compost as much kitchen waste as possible.

We previously reported on efforts to modify consumer behaviour through gaming in our Prohibition Gaming microtrend.

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