News : Eco-Conscious Business Partners Waste Not, Want Not

Aug 22, 2012

 Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

A collaboration between two companies, each with a stalwart ecological conscience, has drastically reduced the amount of trash one produces and changed the way people think.

EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling, of Dover, has partnered with Redhook Brewing on a top-to-bottom composting program, which involves picking up Redhook’s food scraps once or twice a week and taking it — along with similar refuse from more than a dozen other Seacoast eateries — to compost farms in Freemont and Farmington, where the refuse is mixed with carbon sources and made into nutrient rich soil.

EcoMovement plans to have its own composting sites in the future, says founder Rian Bedard, noting that EcoMovement works with close to 70 businesses, schools, and other institutions in the Seacoast.

EcoMovement provides tutorials to Redhook staff members that involve teaching them how to separate real waste from items that can actually function as compost or be recycled. Workers then set up toters which, when filled, are picked up and hauled off to the farms. The two companies have been working together for a couple of years and now divert 400 to 600 pounds of refuse per week from landfills to the compost farms.

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