A map of Soil Cycle's current service area.
Downtown Colorado Springs just got a little greener.
news reporter Nat Stein has founded a social enterprise called Soil Cycle
, a subsidiary of Colorado Springs Food Rescue
. Their stated mission is to “starve the landfill and feed ourselves” by offering zero-emission compost pickup around the downtown Springs area.
It works like this: Customers sign up for the service and receive a basic composting kit, including an outdoor bucket and a list of what can and can't be composted. Once a week, Soil Cycle employees bike to customers' homes to pick up the compost for transportation to local urban farms and gardens, where it's used to grow food.
Soil Cycle started as a pilot program in the Mid Shooks Run neighborhood, but it's since expanded to cover the whole downtown area.
“After we announced our expansion on January 7, 50 new households signed up within days," Stein says. "I think this is part of a broader cultural shift. People get, on a gut level, that extract-consume-discard is not a sustainable way to live."
Currently, Soil Cycle charges on a fee-for-service basis — customers pick what they pay, starting at $6 a week.
"Taking a different approach is hardly austere — it’s actually convenient, collaborative and kid-friendly," Stein says. "You can’t really say the same about trash.”