RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — What was one man’s trash is now one plant’s treasure. Ridgefield resident Nick Skeadas launched a new composting service this month that allows residents of his town to give their food waste a second life.
“We’re taking a waste product and turning it into a resource,” said Skeadas, who heads Curbside Compost.
Skeadas, who grew up in Greenwich and graduated from Greenwich High School, said he always had an interest in environmental issues. Before starting his composting venture, he worked in asset management with a focus on environmentally friendly investing.
In fall 2015, he combined his interest in business and the environment to launch his venture by building on the home composting movement.
“Composting has been around forever,” Skeadas said. “This is not a new concept.” But he said people have a greater awareness in environmental issues now — and solutions like composting — than in the past.
He charges $24 a month for residential pickup. He gives his customers bins to accumulate the compost and picks them up every Wednesday.
Customers can compost fruits and vegetables through the service. But they can also compost items that they would not be able to compost at home such as meat and fish, Skeadas said.
Skeadas brings the material to New England Compost in Danbury. He also sells compost to his customers for $10 per three-gallon bin.
The resulting compost is great for gardening, according to Skeadas. “It’s a nice amendment to the soil and helps the plants grow,” he said, adding that gardeners should mix the compost with soil.
Skeadas said his venture is a “pilot test” in Ridgefield. He wants to devote all his resources to his customers in town, but he said he might expand the venture to other towns in the future.
For more information on Curbside Compost, visit its website here .
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