ScrapDogs Community Compost, a small community composting company in Rockland, was awarded $12,700 through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s 2020 Waste Diversion grant award.

The Department of Environmental Protection received 17 proposals, and awarded funding to seven of the proposed projects. According to the Department, “reducing the volume of materials we consume by reusing items and recycling products and packaging can significantly reduce our environmental impacts and help to enhance sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut our overall costs.”

ScrapDogs Community Compost was founded in 2018 with the goal of reducing food waste sent to landfills, and promotes a healthy local food system. The business offers food waste collection services to residents, restaurants, schools and other food waste-producing organizations in the midcoast area. The company also manages two drop-off locations for residents at local transfer stations.

Since 2018, ScrapDogs has taken on close to 300 subscribers to their collection services, from Owls Head to Belfast. ScrapDogs partners with Bo Lait Diary Farm in Washington, to process the collected food waste into finished compost that is then returned to its customers and community members.

In March, ScrapDogs suspended its operations due to risks posed by COVID-19. During its suspension, the company made a number of changes to its operations, including obtaining a space for its cleaning and office operations; transitioning to a new online customer platform and seeking funding – including the grant – to continue expansion of its operations. ScrapDogs resumed its operations at the start of August, and has begun taking new customers throughout its service area.

To learn more, visit scrapdogscompost.com.