2019 Allen County Sustainability Awards

2019 Allen County Sustainability Awards

in December 28, 2019

Dirt Wain is honored to have received an award from the Allen County Department of Environmental Management. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the recognition of our work, especially since we are such a new business. ACDEM has been supportive of our work from the start. They are incredible advocates for sustainable practices.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Allen County Sustainability Awards! We appreciate you taking the extra steps to help preserve natural resources in our community for future generations. 🏆 ♻️

The winners in each category:

🏆 Reduce: Larry Graf, volunteer food rescuer with the Food Rescue US – Fort Wayne (a program of Food Rescue US). Larry has put in many hours meeting with donors and recipients to establish relationships as well as driving many deliveries of good food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

🏆 Reuse: Grassroots Baby has made many families more aware of and given access to reusable products instead of disposables. Nominations from grateful parents said they were able to reduce their child’s environmental footprint because of this store.

🏆 Recycle: Samantha Vance, founder of Buddy Benches at age 9, continues to inspire and empower kids to save plastic caps, recycle them into benches, and be kind to those who need a friend. Buddy Benches have encouraged recycling of thousands of pounds of plastic.

🏆 Compost: Dirt Wain is a new business that converts food scraps to nutrient-rich compost. It includes drop-off and pick-up services for residents and businesses in several zip codes. This model keeps food scraps from the landfill where they produce methane gas, and instead creates a valuable soil amendment.

🏆 Combination: Pembroke Bakery & Cafe takes great care to reduce waste in all ways possible. They are mindful of upstream sources for their products, reusable wares are provided for eating in, and carryout items are recyclable or compostable. They recycle or compost almost everything and produce little trash.

Allen County Department of Environmental Management
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How three Fort Wayne entrepreneurs are fighting food waste

How three Fort Wayne entrepreneurs are fighting food waste

in December 5, 2019

We are happy to see this article about local businesses and how they approach dealing with the food scraps they generate. It mentions Dirt Wain and the work we are doing with the Health Food Shoppe to reduce their impact. We gather about 800 pounds of food scraps a month there. In one year, this collaboration will divert nearly 5 tons of food scraps from the landfill to our compost piles.

Input Fort Wayne

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Kids Composting

Kids Composting

in December 2, 2019

We asked one of our subscribers—to our drop off service at Salomon Farm Park—if her children were as enthusiastic about composting several weeks after they had started. They were really excited when they started and we wanted to know if this continued. Here is what she replied:

Everyone loves it. They race to the bucket after dinner and always fight over who gets to get out of the car to drop the bucket off!

Salomon Farm Park Drop Off Subscription

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