In The News

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.