In D.C., a startup is maximizing the potential of turning food waste into plant food with a door-to-door composting service. The Washington Post profiled its founder, Jeremy Brosowsky, who came up with the idea for Compost Cab in 2010. At the time, he rode along a compost run with a farmer and saw for himself how much time it took to drive around and wait at cafes, bakeries, and restaurants—all to pick up food scraps.

A $32 per month subscription provides “a countertop collection basket and an airtight bin, lined with a sturdy, compostable bag, to minimize smells and keep away rodents,” along with a weekly curbside pickup. The service then delivers the compost materials to farms and gardens, like Eco City Farms and the Washington Youth Garden.

Brosowsky’s idea is a needed solution at a point when food waste has become an increasingly serious environmental hazard. Even he recognizes his business offers only a short-term solution; “it makes sense for cities and towns to pick up organic waste along with garbage and recycling as they do in San Francisco, where city trucks collect 600 tons of compostable material each day.”

[via The Washington Post]