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ilsr-stacked-printBuilding Local Power Podcast: Why Scale Matters in Protecting the Climate and How Composting Can Help

September 19, 2019

Host Hibba Meraay is joined by Brenda Platt, Director of ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative. Hibba and Brenda dive into the climate crisis and what communities are doing at the local level to address it. The Baltimore Compost Collective is featured as an example, starting at minute 20. Listen here.


in these times logoFighting Asthma with Compost

September 4, 2019

“In a sunny hilltop pasture just five blocks above the sprawl of the CSX railyard and the dusty black mounds of the Curtis Bay Coal Pier, 16-year-old Kenny Moss dips his hand into a wood-frame compost bin. ‘Feel how hot it is,’ he says, extending a palmful of ‘black gold’ toward fellow urban gardener Precious Fraling, 41, who’s here to learn about composting for her own community garden in the Govans neighborhood, 13 miles north.” Read more.


Media-Outlet-Logos-27Community demands Chow commit to saving Filbert Street Garden

May 12, 2019

“Ever since supporters of the Filbert Street Garden learned the city might displace them in order to build a water pumping station, they’ve been working to save the revered South Baltimore community hub.” Read more.


wbur logoBaltimore’s Burning Question: What To Do With Its Trash Incinerator

April 25, 2019

“Hayes runs the Baltimore Compost Collective, tucked away behind the beehives and babbling duck ponds of the Filbert Street Garden. It’s an oasis in a neighborhood better known for elevated asthma rates and industrial pollution.” Read more.


Next-City-LogoPaying and Scraping in Pursuit of Zero Waste

April 22, 2019

“Local compost efforts like Hayes’ may seem small, but collectively they could generate major momentum. Organic waste stubbornly remains one of the biggest components of municipal garbage. Food scraps, yard clippings and food industry trash, among other things, constitute as much as 40 percent of the waste stream in some cities. Stepping up composting efforts point the way to large reductions in the amount of trash that has no other place to go but landfill or burning in either incinerators or waste-to-energy plants.” Read more.


real news logoCommunity Rallies to Defend Community Garden

March 22, 2019

“The largest community garden in Baltimore is aiming to make Baltimore more sustainable and push the city toward zero-waste, but it is under threat of demolition by the city.” Read more.


Media-Outlet-Logos-27DPW offers little room for compromise, at this point, on Filbert Street Garden

March 3, 2019

“The Filbert Street Garden’s supporters brought their ‘A game’ to Friday’s meeting about city plans to possibly take their one-acre patch of carefully-tended space in Curtis Bay and use it for a Department of Public Works water pumping station.” Read more.


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February 28, 2019


Media-Outlet-Logos-27Plan to replace community garden with a pumping station roils Curtis Bay

February 25, 2019

“To get an idea of what the Filbert Street Garden means to Curtis Bay, imagine more than tomatoes, zucchini, zinnias, strawberries, pumpkins and all the other things grown at this hilltop garden in far South Baltimore since it was created 10 years ago. Consider the kids and parents dressed up in costumes for last October’s Halloween party…or the Baltimore Compost Collective based there, a project that recycles food scraps and, along the way, helps young people turn their lives around.” Read more.


bmore tree trust logo“A rind is a terrible thing to waste”: Composting in Curtis Bay

February 7, 2019

“This past fall, we took our first cohort of apprentices with the Urban Roots Apprenticeship to a composting workshop led by the Baltimore Compost Collective, a small youth empowerment and composting nonprofit located inside the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay. Over the past few months, it has been a pleasure getting to know the folks involved in this project, who are working everyday to advocate for cleaner air and fresher food for their community. The garden is an oasis in a community that lacks access to fresh food and fresh air.” Read more.


wpkn logoDigging in the Dirt Radio Interview with Marvin Hayes

January 30, 2019

Marvin Hayes was interviewed for WPKN Community Radio’s segment “Digging in the Dirt” with Kevin Gallagher. They discussed the Baltimore Compost Collective and the history of waste issues in Baltimore. Listen here.


real news logoCity Council Calls for “No More Cash for Burning Trash”

January 14, 2019

Recently, Marvin Hayes and Kenny joined the rally against subsidies for the Wheelabrator incinerator held at Baltimore City Hall. Check them out in the lead photo on this article, holding up the Baltimore Compost Collective sign! See article.


NRDC logoBaltimore Is Poised to Put a Major Dent in Its Food Waste Stream

December 13, 2018

“Among those key players is the Baltimore Compost Collective, which has made a strong impact over the past two years, under Hayes’s leadership, on the Curtis Bay community where it is based. Local youths run the food-scrap collection operation out of the Filbert Street Garden and currently pick up food waste from 41 customers.” Read more.


Media-Outlet-Logos-27Update from the Compost Collective: New shed, new goats, new customers

November 5, 2018

“Goats. A new soil shed. New batches of folks helping out. And did we mention – goats! So much keeps happening at the Filbert Street Community Garden in South Baltimore that every once in a while Marvin Hayes just has to pass it along in a flurry of texts, lest he fall too far behind.” Read more.


ilsr-stacked-printTime-Lapse Video of Baltimore Bin Build

October 31, 2018

“In 2017, ILSR launched the Baltimore Compost Collective, a food scrap collection and composting service that is employing local youth in Curtis Bay. This year we helped organize a community bin-build of a second composting system in order to expand the site’s capacity to compost food scraps. Employees of the Compost Collective and ILSR were joined by several partners to construct the second 3-bin system.” Read more.


WYPRLogoSquare1920x1080Maryland Considers Air Pollution Restrictions for Trash Incinerators

September 28, 2018

“This is the case made by Marvin Hayes, who runs the Baltimore Compost Collective. For the last two years, he’s employed young people to collect food waste and transform it into fertilizer used in urban farming at the Filbert Street Garden in south Baltimore. ‘I’m telling people, learn so we don’t have to burn,’ Hayes said. ‘Not only can we create a better environment, but we can create jobs — for youths, for ex-offenders, and for anyone who wants to learn composting.'” Read more.


Next-City-LogoThe Hidden Powers of Composting in Baltimore City

September 25, 2018

“‘What’s so special about our program is an opportunity to work with youth to transform them and give them a skill,’ says Hayes, who runs the compost collective and is the youth supervisor.” Read more.


xehjSjNn_400x400Compost Project Employs Youth to Give Food Scraps New Life

September 20, 2018

“The Baltimore Compost Collective, a food scrap collection service based in Baltimore, is employing local youth to pick up food waste from residential customers and turn it into compost.” Read more.


WYPRLogoSquare1920x1080Baltimore Plans to Expand Composting Citywide

September 17, 2018

“The Filbert Street Garden sits just inside the city line in south Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Among the ducks and chickens that call the garden home, there are flower beds, a greenhouse, bee hives, and—tucked away in the far back corner—the composting bins.” Read more.


Media-Outlet-Logos-27Jobs for Baltimore’s youth and a second life for its trashed food

September 10, 2018

“A visit with the Baltimore Compost Collective, the kind of project the city is embracing as part of its war on food waste.” Read more.


fishbowl-logo-2Baltimore gets grant funding to pilot food waste collection and composting plan

September 5, 2018

“‘A rind is a terrible thing to waste,’ says Marvin Hayes, program director for Baltimore Compost Collective, a West Baltimore community group dedicated to turning food scraps into useable compost.” Read more.


BBJ_social Icons.inddBaltimore launches plan to reduce food waste with funding from Rockefeller Foundation

September 5, 2018

“Any responsible food consumer knows you shouldn’t simply toss your unused produce into the Jones Falls. Those old tomatoes could become potent soil for future tomatoes, and other unused items that are often thrown out could still be edible and useful to those going hungry.” Read more.


ilsr-stacked-printFighting Food Waste and Employing Youth in Baltimore

August 9, 2018

“Curtis Bay is a historically disenfranchised neighborhood in Baltimore and one of the most polluted zip codes in the country. A long industrial history has left it with a legacy of environmental contamination and associated avertable health impacts.” Read more.