Introducing the Compost Crew blog

by Dan Israel, Head of Marketing

Compost Crew has grown a lot as a company over the past year.  We’re now on the road seven days a week, with seven trucks serving our nearly 5,000 customers in the DMV region from Baltimore to Woodbridge, Va. and from Reston, Va. to Bowie, Md. ‒ and everywhere in between.  We have a growing number of businesses and organizations who are now recycling their food scraps with us, in addition to our residential customers.

We greatly appreciate the trust that you place in us, and we want to give back something more than just compost to our loyal customers ‒ and to others who are interested in learning more about us.  So starting today, we’ll be using this blog to provide more frequent updates on our business and helpful tips that you can use.

In our most recent customer survey, we heard you’d like to learn more about the full lifecycle of food scrap recycling, and how others are doing it.  The blog will be a source for more in-depth information than we can currently share on our social channels.  Some of the topics we plan to cover in future posts include:

  • Our Customers: the most important part of our business, we work with organizations large and small throughout the DMV; you’ll learn more here about their stories and how and why they work with us.
  • The Composting Process: people are interested in learning more about what happens to your apple cores, walnut shells and chicken bones after you deposit them in your Compost Crew bin; so we’ll share more from our experts, including best practices for composting and other zero waste tips you can put to use.
  • Why it Matters: if you’re reading this, you’re probably already on board with us ‒ and we thank you!  But the vast majority of organizations and homes in the DMV area are not composting today.  We’ll help to explain why it’s vital and, for those who want to, equip you with the tools to convince your neighbor Pete or your Aunt Martha to join us.

We’ll also share a few more tidbits on our company, so you can learn the names of our trucks and find out what makes our team tick.  We hope you’ll come back to our website for future updates, and we welcome your ideas for other subjects you’d like to see covered here.  Feel free to drop us a comment below.


  • Matilde Farren
    Posted May 29, 2020 4:28 pm

    How do you envision the blog working? Will you “push” it into my e-mail (preferred) each time you have an update, or do I have to keep checking to see whether there is something new?
    Thanks, I love the service.
    Chevy Chase

  • Betsy Johnson
    Posted May 29, 2020 6:07 pm

    I would love to hear about your process. How do you screen what people send your way? What happens to the finished compost? Is a partnership more than just a financial relationship and, if so, what does it entail? Love your service – thanks for what you’re doing

  • Michele Lieban Levine
    Posted May 29, 2020 7:16 pm

    Thank you for providing this vital service. A couple of suggestions during Covid19 (though really, for hygienic reasons it makes sense always). 1) Cross-contamination between households from the gloves or hands of a Compost Crew team member: can your crew please use hand sanitizer before emptying our bins? 2) Wet bins from food residue: Can the crew please leave the unfolded compostable bag beneath the bin, rather than putting it inside, so that we have the chance to wash out our bins– which often smell and have juice residue? 3) Can the team member leave 2 bags please? With summer melons, the bags get so heavy and often rip. Thank you!

  • crewadm
    Posted June 3, 2020 6:37 pm

    Great suggestions, Betsy. We’ll aim to cover all of these things in future posts.

  • crewadm
    Posted June 3, 2020 7:55 pm

    Hi Matilde, at the moment we don’t have the ability to automatically push posts to email. We are trying to post here to spare people the inbox traffic, so if you don’t mind checking back from time to time, that would be great. Important updates will still come via email.

  • Anne
    Posted June 3, 2020 8:18 pm

    After getting your email today and then reading the blog, I love you guys and your service even more than I did a few minutes ago!!

  • Lark Schulze
    Posted June 4, 2020 3:04 am

    I love that the Crew has made a public statement of its position on this critical issue. I was not surprised as I have had a couple of brief conversations with two of your drivers. Both said Compost Crew was a great place to work. I do have a request – I would like to know the name of the driver assigned to my route. A couple of times. I have wanted to thank him by name for the service he provides. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place.

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