Compost pickup by bicycle

That’s not me in the picture, but this is how I made a living for about a year and a half. It was me about six other people involved in this company. We’d pick up compost and haul it to backyard compost bins throughout the city.

On a busy day, each cyclist would pick up about 20 full 5 gallon buckets. Each bucket weighed 18 pounds on average. That’s a total of 360 pounds of food waste, and experienced compost couriers would do that in one load.

I don’t do it anymore, but occasionally I miss having such a fringe job. I still use a 5 gallon compost bucket of course, that’s too good an idea to pass up! And to keep it cleaner longer, I always line the bucket with newspaper.



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