CREATIVE BUSINESS
Sustaining a business with the help of the community, as a work at home parent and through
collaboration...
Diverse Revenue Streams
• Member Based drop-off
program – 87 members
• WeeklyVolume Processed
onsite: +/- 120 gallons
• Ap...
The Numbers
34%
66%
87 CURRENT MEMBERS
Volunteer Members Non-Volunteer
Working Membership = $25 per year
Non working Membe...
The Numbers
86%
14%
2016 REVENUE: $4,200
Membership Dues Product Sales
Product: reused grain bags from local brewery. 1cub...
Diverse Revenue Streams
• Member Based drop-off
program
• WeeklyVolume Processed
onsite: +/- 120 gallons
• Approximate 201...
CustomerType Pickups Per
Week
Bins Per Pick-up ApproxWeeklyVolume
(gallons
Monthly Collection
Fee
Daycare 1 1 10 $25
Gastr...
Map and Route Scheduling
• Collection days –Tuesday and Saturday mornings
• Most restaurants want an early week collection...
Expenses
• Rent & Utilities (Water & Electric)
• Marketing
• Salary for Employee doing collections
• Tricycle Maintenance ...
ApproximateAnnual Expenses
Employee Collection Salary - $15/hr 10hrs/week:
Rent/Utilities :
Third Party Hauling:
Bin Liner...
Diverse Revenue Streams
• Member Based drop-off
program
• WeeklyVolume Processed
onsite: +/- 120 gallons
• Approximate 201...
Future Plans
• Creating 501c3 and then potentially a
member owned cooperative
• Remove EarthTubs and compost in 3 bin
syst...
Challenges & Words ofWisdom
• Figure out who you work best with
• Establish partnerships if possible that
help with volunt...
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CCC Workshop - Part 4: The Business of Community Composting [Jennifer Mastalerz, Philly Compost]

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Jennifer Mastalerz of Philly Compost presented this at ILSR's Cultivating Community Composting workshop.

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CCC Workshop - Part 4: The Business of Community Composting [Jennifer Mastalerz, Philly Compost]

  1. 1. CREATIVE BUSINESS Sustaining a business with the help of the community, as a work at home parent and through collaboration with other like minded businesses.
  2. 2. Diverse Revenue Streams • Member Based drop-off program – 87 members • WeeklyVolume Processed onsite: +/- 120 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $4,200 • Organics Hauling – 17 current commercial customers • WeeklyVolume Collected and processed offsite: +/-650 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $22,350 • Event Composting – mostly weddings • Subcontracting to another Compost company for pedal collections (5 months in 2016) • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $5,000 • Received grant for $8,000 in summer of 2016
  3. 3. The Numbers 34% 66% 87 CURRENT MEMBERS Volunteer Members Non-Volunteer Working Membership = $25 per year Non working Membership = $50 per year
  4. 4. The Numbers 86% 14% 2016 REVENUE: $4,200 Membership Dues Product Sales Product: reused grain bags from local brewery. 1cubic foot (+/-7.5 gallons). $10 each
  5. 5. Diverse Revenue Streams • Member Based drop-off program • WeeklyVolume Processed onsite: +/- 120 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $4,200 • Organics Hauling – 17 current commercial customers • WeeklyVolume Collected and processed offsite: +/-675 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $22,350 • Event Composting – mostly weddings • Subcontracting to another Compost company for pedal collections (5 months in 2016) • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $5,000 • Received grant for $8,000 in summer of 2016
  6. 6. CustomerType Pickups Per Week Bins Per Pick-up ApproxWeeklyVolume (gallons Monthly Collection Fee Daycare 1 1 10 $25 Gastro Pub 1 2 3 50 $150 Coffee Shop 1 1 4 35 Barter - $75 credit Lunch Restaurant 1 1 4 40 $100 Coffee Shop 2 1 4 40 $125 Gastro Pub 2 2 8 130 $300 Fine Dining 1 4 20 $200 Coffee Shop 3 2 6 120 $200 Ice Cream Shop 1 1 2 15 $40 Retirement Community 1 2 15 $75 Gastro Pub 3 1 4 30 $120 Pizza Shop 1 2 15 $40 Lunch Restaurant 2 2 4 65 $135 Coffee Shop 4 1 4 35 $120 Ice Cream Shop 2 1 4 30 $60 Catering Business Drop Off 1 or 2 15 Barter - $40 credit Community Kitchen 1 1 10 $60
  7. 7. Map and Route Scheduling • Collection days –Tuesday and Saturday mornings • Most restaurants want an early week collection day to remove weekend material • Saturdays allow for employee who has full time job and wants some extra weekend work • Allow for you to be seen by a different crowd than during the week
  8. 8. Expenses • Rent & Utilities (Water & Electric) • Marketing • Salary for Employee doing collections • Tricycle Maintenance and Upkeep • Third party hauling • Bin Liners • EarthTub Maintenance and Upkeep • Site Improvements – new curing bins, sifters, covered spaces
  9. 9. ApproximateAnnual Expenses Employee Collection Salary - $15/hr 10hrs/week: Rent/Utilities : Third Party Hauling: Bin Liners Equipment maintenance Marketing $ 7,800 $ 3,050 $ 3,400 $ 1,000 $ 1,500 $ 500 $17,250
  10. 10. Diverse Revenue Streams • Member Based drop-off program • WeeklyVolume Processed onsite: +/- 120 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $4,200 • Organics Hauling – 17 current commercial customers • WeeklyVolume Collected and processed offsite: +/-675 gallons • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $22,350 • Event Composting – mostly weddings • Subcontracting to another Compost company for pedal collections (5 months in 2016) • Approximate 2016 Revenue: $5,000 • Received grant for $8,000 in summer of 2016
  11. 11. Future Plans • Creating 501c3 and then potentially a member owned cooperative • Remove EarthTubs and compost in 3 bin systems now that I feel more confident about composting and have a good volunteer base • MORE EDUCATION! Partnering with local school or community garden for more secure siting & education opportunities • Partnering with Bennett Compost to allow for more security, growth and time to focus on • Local xmas tree collection for recycling • Share tricycle (and trailer if wanted) with other entrepreneurs as part of a pedal collective • Set up something in Philadelphia similar to the Soil Rebuilders ComposterTraining program in DC • Pet waste composting (anyone doing this?)
  12. 12. Challenges & Words ofWisdom • Figure out who you work best with • Establish partnerships if possible that help with volunteers or employees (schools, neighborhood groups, veterans groups, etc) • Make friends and be honest with neighbors • The majority of people who reach out about joining the Compost Coop are women and 95% of my volunteers are women. Keep this in mind when doing marketing. • Staffing • Site Issues – theft, neighborhood development • Insurance! Zip ties are amazingly versatile and helpful! Toilet bowl brushes are great for cleaning out compost bins

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