Peels & Wheels Composting
Creating compost to enrich our soils and our place.
In Connecticut there is no landfills any more so all our trash gets incinerated in Bridgeport and Hartford. It is estimated that 41.7% of our trash is food waste, yard waste and compostable paper. In New Haven, households alone produce about 200 tons of food scraps per week and City of New Haven pays $85 per ton of trash to be hauled and incinerated. This all means money leaking from our local economy and environmental pollution.
On the other hand urban and rural farmers are challenged to produce significant yields over production costs while practicing soil conservation (cover crops, limited tillage, crop rotation, composting, etc.), which is costly and or time consuming by itself. In this regard, to avoid soil degradation and the use of inorganic fertilizers every organic farmer must build long term soil fertility and tilth by feeding the soil with a variety of natural amendments as possible.
About “Peels & Wheels Composting”
Peels & Wheels Composting was created in partnership with New Haven Farms Inc. (a non-profit that promotes health and community development through urban agriculture) with the shared understanding that transforming organic waste into compost for urban and rural farms and gardens is an opportunity to improve the quality of our air and soil, and grow more food for our community.
Peels & Wheels Composting is a neighborhood-scale operation that composts households food waste for residents, schools and small businesses who want to compost but can’t or don’t have the means to do so. Using bikes, bins, and trailers, we pick up your kitchen scraps and other biodegradable materials and take them to our Phoenix Press Farm and other farms and gardens for composting.
This is an opportunity for you to actively participate in improving the quality of New Haven’s air and soil. By becoming a composter you:
- Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of food waste that goes into incinerators and sewage systems;
- Support a greener neighborhood and a cleaner environment;
- Help create needed compost to enhance the soil of local urban and rural farms and gardens; and
- Generate local, green jobs right here in New Haven.