I’m a self-proclaimed composting nerd, and I recently gave up my comfy corporate job to pick up other people’s trash and pursue my dream to make composting cool and accessible to all. Welcome, WasteWell!
Isn’t composting gross? Isn’t composting hard? Where do I start if I want to compost at home?
If you’re a regular around here, you know that I often write about composting at home. I do my best to answer all sorts of questions about how to compost at home, and I share interviews with a variety of families who compost at home in myriad different ways.
I aim to inspire all families to find a way to compost at home that works for them. Composting is a really great step we can take toward living more sustainably, reducing our impact on the planet, and helping to heal the environmental damage we have done through bad habits and overconsumption.
Composting Services In Philadelphia
Despite so many different ways to compost, there will always be families who don’t have the interest, the ability, or the resources to do it on their own. As a result, composting services are popping up and growing around the country.
Some composting services are tiny while others are large operations. Some composting services are private companies while others are municipal operations. No matter how they look or how they operate, I believe that composting services have a promising future (and thank goodness, because our environment and ecosystems desperately need composting to become mainstream).
About a year ago, I realized that there were no composting services near me. There were a handful of such services in other parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, but no composting services that served the part of the Philadelphia metro area in which I lived.
On the verge of quitting my corporate job in public accounting, I took the leap and decided to launch my own composting service locally. As such an advocate of composting and with a strong desire to make it as accessible as possible for everyone, creating a composting service for my community felt right. I know a service isn’t the right answer for everyone, but it fills one of many gaps on a spectrum of finding ways for everyone to compost in one way or another.
And so… WasteWell was born.
Trading Corporate For Compost
I couldn’t be happier about this leap. My public accounting career was great on paper and the people were wonderful, but I haven’t had an ounce of doubt about my decision. Public accounting wasn’t the long road ahead for me.
Despite working a comfortable corporate job for 15 years, I’ve always known in my heart that I wanted to start my own business. I just never knew what I wanted it to be. I’ve toyed with many ideas but none stuck around long enough to survive brainstorming and initial execution. WasteWell was different!
As an advocate for composting at home, I feel like now I’m walking the walk that I’ve been talking about for years. While I can’t immediately provide composting services over a larger geographic area, I’m stoked to make it easier for my Southeastern Pennsylvania neighbors to compost, even if they don’t have the time or space to do it themselves.
You Think Everyone Will Compost?!
Who knows where WasteWell will take me. I’m hoping it’s somewhere amazing, and it becomes something big. While I might be biased, I’m willing to bet that 20 years from now, sorting our food scraps and other organic waste from landfill waste and leaving it in a separate container will be the norm.
It might sound crazy today because so many of us are not used to separating organic waste. But we already do this with recyclable products, and I’m sure a few decades ago the mainstream consciousness thought the idea of separating recycling sounded kooky and crunchy. Yet here we are, in a time and place where separating recycling is something many of us do without a second thought.
Mark my words, most of us will eventually separate our food scraps and other organic waste without a second thought as well. In fact, we might look back and wonder what the heck we were doing sending all our precious, nutrient-rich food scraps to landfills to turn into global warming greenhouse gases instead of to compost facilities to rebuild our soil, protect our waterways, and counteract climate change! Doesn’t it actually sound crazy not to compost?
I started WasteWell with a mission to do two things. First, I want to make composting and eco-friendly living easier for everyday people. I’m starting in my community with convenient composting services in the Philadelphia suburbs around me.
I plan to expand in the future outside my local area and with resources beyond compost pick up services that, admittedly, aren’t budget-friendly for a large portion of our population. I want the WasteWell impact to be significant, and I’m starting today where I can with hopes and intentions for growth and scaled solutions.
Second, I want to make composting cool. While the process of composting itself is hot and the result helps cool the Earth, I hope to make composting trendy and popular.
Maybe those goals are ambitious. After all, I’m not the first (by any stretch of the imagination) to advocate for broad-based composting initiatives nor am I “The Expert” on community composting. And what’s so cool about separating some types of waste from others? I’m supposed to make that trendy and mainstream?
I’m not sure exactly how I plan to accomplish my wild and crazy dreams, but I’m not afraid to dive in headfirst (just not into my compost pile, because that would be pretty gross).
Here’s to chasing your dreams, even if those dreams involve a rotting pile of food scraps.
To learn more about WasteWell, head on over to the WasteWell site. If you’re in our service area, we’d love to have you onboard as a customer! And no matter where you live, we have a growing body of resources to help you learn to compost at home as well as educational resources for adults and kids. Check it out and let us know what you think!