This is where we (City Harvest) get most of our compost from. In less than a year, food scraps will be banned from Greater Victoria’s municipal landfills. Everyone will be dealing with composting, on some level, whether they like it or not. For apartment dwellers, services like this will be elevated from a feel-good gesture to a necessity.
At this point, these guys are providing a decent livelihood for a handful of delivery cyclists - in a couple of hours, they can load up their trailer with 15-20 buckets. At 5$ a bucket, that’s not too bad for a student job.
The challenge, usually, is coming up with decent sources of carbon. We have Pedal to Petal composters at our place, and I’ve been known to flag down arbourists’ trucks to have them dump giant piles of wood mulch in our driveway. The city has not-so-graciously donated a pile of leaves from the boulevards, which the kids appreciate as well.
All the usual concerns; odour, pests, and flies being the main ones, have arisen at one time or another. We’ve dealt with them, and at the end of the day, we are always desperate for more compost. Attempting to produce food in the kind of volume that can feed a measurable number of city dwellers, while paying an urban mortgage, is hard on the soil.
Whether you do it on this kind of scale, or put a worm composter on your kitchen counter (I hear they are the most innocuous things) there are certainly more reasons to do it than not. But a community approach really makes sense.