Reclaimed Organics

Reclaimed Organics
Organization Name:
Reclaimed Organics
Primary Address 1:
East Side Outside Community Garden: 415 E 11th Street
Primary Address City:
New York
Primary Address State:
NY
Primary Address Zip:
10009
Long Organization Description:

Reclaimed Organics is a compost collection service for residents and businesses in Manhattan, servicing Battery Park to 110th Street, east to west. This is a fee-for-service with a weekly pickup schedule, open to anyone who wants to divert their food waste from landfills. Our haulers use electric assist and manual pedal bikes and cargo trikes to collect food scraps. This material is consolidated and processed either onsite in our community garden HQ in the East Village or transferred to Earth Matter on Governors Island or McEnroe Farms upstate. RO also manages a compost Pop Up Drop Off at West 107th and Columbus Ave every Wednesday, 4 – 6 PM. This is a give-what-you-can service staffed entirely by RO, for residents seeking food scrap diversion in that neighborhood.
Reclaimed Organics is the hauling division of Common Ground Compost, a zero waste services company, specializing in program and infrastructure design, waste diversion education, data management and analytics, and zero waste system implementation. In addition, CGC offers consulting, staffing and equipment to support numerous zero waste public events throughout the City. CGC advocates for environmental justice through waste equity, supporting the health and sustaining the growth of urban communities. CGC is a founding member of the NYC Microhaulers and Processors Trade Association (MPTA).

Organization Phone Number:
(929) 229-5810
Business Website Address:
Business Website Address (secondary):
Business Phone Number:
(347) 395-6377
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Meredith
Director, Manager or CEO (Last Name):
Danberg-Ficarelli
Is there any other information you would like to share?:
Reclaimed Organics facilitates volunteer events in the community garden that houses our operation. RO also provides hands-on gardening education for the adjoining East Side Community School.
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
How often does your organization use social media?:
Daily
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
Along with fruit and vegetable scraps, Reclaimed Organics is able to collect meat and dairy, because they use the bokashi method of composting, a two-stage process that starts with a fermentation stage. Learn more about bokashi here: http://recyclefoodwaste.org/
Community members (approx.):
100
Number of staff/employees:
8
Annual Budget:
$300,000
Year Started:
2014
Major Funders:
Reclaimed Organics fee-for-service, operating funds from Common Ground Compost (our parent company)
Organization Type:
Bicycle Micro Hauling, Composting, Zero Waste Education & Advocacy
About the Organization:
Reclaimed Organics, a division of Common Ground Compost LLC (CGC), is a social enterprise offering bike powered compost micro hauling services to residents and businesses in Manhattan. Since its inception in 2014, RO has diverted more than 300 tons of food scraps from landfills using only electric assist and manual pedal bikes and cargo trikes. RO continues to serve as the only bike-powered micro hauler for compost in Manhattan.
By providing convenient pickup by bicycle, with local consolidation and processing at community gardens, we further reduce the impact that trucking trash normally has on our local community and broader environment – this is called: Closing the Loop.
Latest Project:
When DSNY suspended its residential Brown Bin compost collection service in May 2020, RO launched a Pop Up Drop Off for food scraps in the Upper West Side, in cooperation with a local community garden. This Pop Up runs every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 4 – 6 PM, at the SE corner of Columbus Ave and West 107th Street. More than 130 households drop off their food scraps every Wednesday totaling about 1000 pounds diverted each week.
Mission Statement:
Reclaimed Organics, a division of Common Ground Compost LLC (CGC), is a social enterprise offering bike-powered compost micro hauling services to residents and businesses in Manhattan. With a goal of diverting NYC’s food scraps away from landfills and into hyper local composting sites, RO strives to enrich the soils of the City, enhance the environment of our neighborhoods and advocate for environmental justice through waste equity, supporting the health and sustaining the growth of urban communities.
Areas Served:
Manhattan, Brooklyn on the horizon!
Core Programs:
Bike-powered food scrap collection for residents, offices, food businesses, schools and nonprofits
Major Issues:
Bike powered micro hauling
Organics recycling and diversion
Compost production and education
Environmental justice and waste equity advocacy
Hours of Operation:
M-F 9-5, with on-call collections outside of business hours upon request
Non-profit?:
For profit LLC
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#composting #microhauler #foodscraps #organics #compost #reclaimedorganics
Frequently used hashtags 2:
#compostnyc #saveourcompost #environmentaljustice #commongroundcompost
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