Mission

Bring affordable & sustainable food waste collection to residents & businesses within Keene while educating the community on sustainable waste practices. 

In the beginning...

Elm City Compost Initiative began as a thought that evolved into reality.  When Kira Wadsworth started working for the Sustainability and Social Justice Committee at Antioch University New England as a graduate student, she soon realized the unmet need for industrial composting that could handle compostable plastics.  Since many facilities and policies keep Keene from having the appropriate facility, she decided it was necessary to create a pick up system to allow community members to be able to compost. This is especially important for those living in apartments and small homes, where yard composting is not possible. Her husband, Mark Wadsworth, joined Kira and adds his artistic sense to the company. 

Almost simultaneously, Albert Diemand was feeling the same unmet need in the Keene Community and was in the works to develop the same business. Having worked with community & school garden projects in Idaho and Colorado they have had the urge to promote local and sustainable initiatives. Albert has been looking into compost initiatives ever since he ran into his first composting toilet and really considered how we all deal with waste in the modern world.  

Because Keene is a small community with tight networks, Kira, Mark and Albert were soon introduced and decided to work cooperatively to bring this service to the Keene Community

What can be composted?

  • All food scraps

    • Fruits & vegetables

    • Meat & fish

    • Bones

    • Cheese & Dairy

    • Nuts

    • Oil & Fats

    • Coffee & Tea (bags included)

  • Paper products

    • Wax paper food containers

    • Paper cups

    • Paper plates

    • Napkins & Tissues

    • Cardboard

  • Compostable plastics

    • Corn based utensils

    • Compostable cold cups 

    • Compostable hot coffee & soup lids

      • look at your packaging to see if it can be composted

  • Wood & plant waste

    • Small wood stir sticks & chop sticks

    • Flowers or plants

  • Pet & yard waste

    • Cat litter

    • Dog bags

    • Leaf litter & grass clippings (No pesticides!)

  • Other

    • 100% Natural cotton, rubber, or latex

    • Bamboo products

    • If it was once a plant or animal, there is a good chance it can be composted!

Why we should compost

Partnerships 

Windham Solid Waste Management District 

Windham Solid Waste Management District is the location of our industrial composting site where all the magic happens. They have helped up get our footing in the world of organic recycling and are dilligent in diverting food waste within the community.

Stonewall Farm

Stonewall farm is the location of our wash station and storage. They are a multi purpose farm and education center promoting a more sustainable agriculture. 

Hannah Grimes Center

Hannah Grimes is the location of our main office space. They offer an abundance of small business training and counseling as well as offering both a business start up program and an Incubator program. For any small business getting started in Keene, Hannah Grimes is a perfect place to visit.

Contact

Email

714 470 8801 (Kira)

413 406 6466 (Albert)

Phone

Founders

Kira Wadsworth

Albert Diemand

Mark Wadsworth

Have a question of comment? reach out to us!

Hours

Pick up on Tuesday and Friday (depending on location)

Drop off Saturday 10 am-2 pm

Area of Service

Keene, NH

(Events in the Monadnock region) 

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