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Community Compost Cooperative Network

Critter proof Compost Bin

The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.  Each cooperative can handle around 100 active composters or about 1 ton of material a month. By the end of 2016 DPR will have 50 working bins with a capacity of 5000 people actively composting or 50 tons of material a month with no operating costs and no carbon footprint. Currently there are about 1000 people composting in this network.

In order to ensure quality control and self-sustainability of each compost system DPR has created a volunteer cooperative governance structure operated by community compost cooperative. Each cooperative will have at least one compost manager and as many compost members as each bin can handle (approximately 100).  The basic requirements are listed below:

Basic Requirements:

Compost Manager (3-5 hours a month and can't start a cooperative without a manager)

  • Ensure quality control
  • Coordinate communications and once a month work day with members
  • Conduct future 1-hour trainings (will be trained to do this)

Compost Member:

  • Take a 1-hour training on compost best practices/cooperative governance
  • Provide an active form of communication (email, phone number, etc)
  • Volunteer to turn/shift/remediate compost once every 3 months or more if needed

If you are interested in joining a compost cooperative please email the DPR Community Garden Specialist at joshua.singer@dc.gov for a complete list of available cooperatives near you. If the nearest garden hasn't installed a compost bin yet you can also sign up to volunteer to help build the bin.

Please Note: Utilizing the compost bin without training is prohibited. All bins are locked to ensure quality control and only members who have been trained will get the combination. 

To locate the nearest compost cooperative, please visit the interactive link below.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?authuser=1&mid=1akNdaurEaQvTXMf8ja1v94c3yZI&ll=38.92813339999998%2C-77.02312389999992&z=11

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For more information contact:

Josh Singer
Community Garden Specialist
Phone: (202) 262-2138
Email: joshua.singer@dc.gov