Bring affordable & sustainable food waste collection to residents & businesses in Keene while educating the community on sustainable waste practices.
Hello, We’re Elm City Compost Initiative and we started this adventure during the summer of 2018. Co-founders Albert Diemand and Kira Wadsworth brought the first business of this kind to the city of Keene. We are a small, grassroots company with a mission to collect and divert all food & organic waste from businesses and residents to create a more sustainable city. We serve almost 200 residential customers and 14 Keene Area businesses.
Our services are affordable, convenient, and rewarding. We are currently three, incredibly passionate, employees strong and with your help we can grow as a business, providing Keene with more green jobs and a better future.
The Story of Our Logo
Our logo was inspired by the alchemical symbol for earth.
What is Alchemy?
Alchemy is an area of study, sometimes described as a science, sometimes as a branch of philosophy, and sometimes as an art. It originated in the Medieval Ages in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Alchemists have three main goals; create the philosopher’s stone (a legendary substance said to be capable of transforming lead into gold and giving the user eternal life), creating an elixir of eternal youth and health, and transmute metals (specifically into gold). Since the beginning of alchemy, alchemists have used symbols to represent different elements and because early on much of the information was drawn from astrology, many alchemy element symbols are connected to planets or other celestial bodies. There are four classical elements based on the ancient Greek belief that air, earth, fire, and water composed all matter in the world.
Like ancient alchemists we are transforming matter, transforming organic waste into soil. We also like to think that compost is an elixir of sorts.
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 us get our footing in the world of organic recycling and are diligent in diverting food waste within their community.
Stonewall farm is the location of our new office space as well as our wash station and storage space. They are a multi-purpose farm and education center promoting more sustainable agriculture.
Hannah Grimes Center
Hannah Grimes helped get Elm City Compost Initiative on the map. They offer an abundance of small business training and counseling as well as business start up programs. They have been a great resource and supporter of ECCI from the beginning and we highly recommend for any new businesses.
Monadnock Food Co-op
The Monadnock Food Co-op is an accessible, community-owned food market in the heart of Downtown Keene. With their help we were able to create a drop-off program that has helped expand our customer base significantly.
Healthy Home Habitats
Here at ECC we want you to be more sustainable in all areas of your life, not just in your waste management. That is why we have partnered with Healthy Home Habitats to provide all ECC and HHH customers with discounts.
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Albert Diemand founded ECCI in 2018 along with Kira Wadsworth to bring compost collection to the region. He first fell in love with composting after learning about composting toilets and then really digging into the crazy concept of waste in our world.
Alumni of AmeriCorps NCCC and University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Media & Marketing Manager
Sara is our Media and Marketing Manager and has been with us since Summer 2020. She brings an incredible passion for sustainability, creativity, and activism.
Alumni of Keene State College
Board Member of 350NH Action
Alex started with us in June of 2021! She currently lives In Gilsum and is passionate about closing the loop to our waste stream! She is especially excited to be working with us to help get our community closer to that goal. She has worked as the Compost Coordinator for Antioch University for the past three years, has apprenticed on an off-grid homestead, and has taught and volunteered in many environmental educational settings around New England.