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Employ youth in bicycle fleet of waste collectors with trips to a community anaerobic digester

Instead of relying on huge diesel trucks to pick up households' trash and bring it to the dump, create an organization that employs youth to collect compost on bicycles and transport the material to a tower-sized decomposer. This way, the impact is two-fold: not only will there be a positive outlet for teenagers and a means of earning an income (the respective community would use money saved from transporting via trucks to pay a small stipend to participants), but there will also be a way to harness food waste into a renewable energy source.

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A prime example of this is to adopt the Vermont Technical Community College's Community Anaerobic Digester model with the Portland Fruit Tree Gleaning model.

VT example here:
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Hey Emily,

Have you heard of Wecyclers? It's another great example of your idea in action! Their model solves the urban waste challenge for households and recyclers by employing a fleet of low-cost cargo bicycles to offer convenient household recycling service in densely populated low-income neighborhoods. You may find their experiences helpful.

Check out their website ( Wecyclers recently was a Tech Awards Laureate in 2013 and that's how I met them!

Photo of Emily O'Hara

Oh, wow! No; I have not heard of this group. Thank you for providing these details. I will be sure to check out their website.

Cheers Jaime!

Photo of Joanna Spoth

Emily, this is such a creative and practical idea! I look forward to seeing it evolve – be sure to keep the community updated!

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