project leader
Lynne S
219 Loyola Avenue
(Broadmoor, Bywater, Mid-City, Uptown, Seventh Ward and more)
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the project

Our mission is to empower local residents to take collective action on the issue of food waste. Compost NOW (New Orleans Waste) began in 2017 with a simple idea: provide free, weekly food waste drop-off sites for those interested in keeping their food waste from the landfill but who didn't have the time, interst or espace to compost in their backyard. 

We began at two library sites, one day a week, and have expanded to ten sites, six days a week. We have diverted over 250,000 pounds of food waste waste from the landfill and have hosted two compost conferences. 

We have dozens of volunteers who host the collections, to answer questions and ensure the bins are not contaminated. We partner with over half a dozen local farms who turn the scraps into nutrient-rich compost or feed their farm animals. We provide this free service to hundreds of families each week and are truly building a community of composters in New Orleans. 

the steps

In order to continue in 2020, we need to raise money to hire a part-time coordinator who will ensure the program keeps operating smoothly.  We also hope to expand to 1-3 additional library sites over the course of the year, to provide collections in even more neighborhoods.

We are hoping to add one new library drop-off site in January, and a second one in March and a third later in the year (exact date dependent on consruction schedule of that branch).

If we are able to raise $6000 by April 1st (only partially through ioby) then we will post a  job description in early April, interview in mid-April and hire someone by early May who will be able to take over once the founder, Lynne Serpe, goes out of town.

why we're doing it

The City of New Orleans does not offer curbside municipal composting. When we began Compost NOW, they did not even offer any drop-off locations for local residents. They finally offered a once-a-month option after we had been opertaing for about 16 months. They have since expanded to twice-a-month, at a single location.

In comparison, Compost NOW is in ten different neighborhoods, six days a week and we hope to add even more neighborhoods. Asking people to bring their food scraps from their home to another location is a lot -- we try to make it as easy and convenient as possible by being in so many different parts of the city, on different days and times. And our drop offs are always free! 

We partner with the New Orleans Public Library because they are a trusted public space, open to all, across all socio-economic lines. Libraries are inherently about resource sharing, are multi-generational, multi-racial and multi-ethnic. 


First Two Quarters 2020:

Staffing: $300 per month (times 6 = $1800)

Transportation: $200 per month (times 6 = 1200)

Bins: $500


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $109


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