New company provides compost pick-up service

New company provides compost pick-up service

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The food scraps will be taken to local community gardens to be composted. The food scraps will be taken to local community gardens to be composted.
Customers will receive back enriched soil for use in their gardens. Customers will receive back enriched soil for use in their gardens.
"I think a city-wide program will happen in the future it's just a matter of time," said Alexander. "This is just kind of the first step." "I think a city-wide program will happen in the future it's just a matter of time," said Alexander. "This is just kind of the first step."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new business is making it easier for Knoxville residents to recycle their organic scraps. It's called Knox Composts and it's one of the first companies of it's kind in the area.

Composting is good for the environment and can do wonders for your garden, but it takes a little more work than most are willing to do. That's where owner Bryan Alexander comes in.

"We provide these five pound buckets to subscribers and we just come by and give them the bucket and pick up their food scraps and give them a new bucket," said Alexander.

There are some exceptions. No meat, dairy or grease products are accepted. As for cost, the program runs from $8 to $25 depending on how often your scraps are picked up.

"They get to choose how often they want the bucket picked up," said Alexander. "They can choose a weekly pick up, every two week pick up or once a month pick up."    

Alexander is partnering with local community gardens like the one in the 4th and Gill neighborhood to do the composting, half of which will go back to the customer.

"After about three months we give them back soil or they can choose to start receiving soil back if they want it," said Alexander. "It's great for houseplants and back yard gardens and things like that."

Right now Alexander is limiting the service to a 3 mile radius of downtown Knoxville, but hopes to expand that as interest grows.

"I think a city-wide program will happen in the future it's just a matter of time," said Alexander. "This is just kind of the first step."

If you would like more information about the service including how to sign up, click here.

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