Carter’s Compost Teams Up On Bike Trailers With Gainesville Compost & Kanner Karts

It brought new meaning to the word “BioCycle” when two bike-powered composting initiatives appeared alongside each other in the March/April edition of BioCycle magazine. In the issue, we had the privilege to share the pages with Carter’s Compost, a fellow bike-powered composting program in Traverse City, Michigan.

Read our March/April 2014 BioCycle feature: “Entrepreneurs See Opportunity in Food Scraps Collection” by Nate Clark.

Carter’s Compost is a youth-powered, bike-powered neighborhood compost collection program. Its figurehead is the 9-year-old Carter Schmidt, who is backed by other kids and some awesome adults who are helping him to build his community composting dream.

I’ve known about and admired Carter’s Compost for a couple of years, so it was a true honor to be featured with them on BioCycle. We talked to Ty, Carter’s dad, after the article was published and talked about our shared mission to promote pedal powered community composting.

Carter’s Compost’s successful Kickstarter

We are thrilled about the latest plans we have with Carter’s Compost. Through our partnership with Kanner Karts and our broader initiative, BikeCompost, we will be designing and manufacturing a bike composting trailer for Carter’s Compost, similar to the ones we use in Gainesville, Florida.

After they recently met their funding goal in a Kickstarter campaign, Carter’s Compost chose to include us in a stretch goal to build what they call their “Big Boy (or Girl!)” bike composting trailer. The stretch goal was reached and the gears are in motion to deliver this trailer to Carter’s Compost!

Thank you Carter and family for including us in your mission!

To see the BioCycle article, click here to read it online, or see it in print in the photos below — make sure to click the full-screen button on the top right of the image viewer to read the text:

For more on bike composting trailers and the work we are doing through Gainesville Compost and Kanner Karts, watch this video by Robin Andrews interviewing me and Steven Kanner:

To learn more about bike-powered food waste diversion in Gainesville, FL, click here.

Thanks for reading,
Chris Cano

About the Author

Chris Cano is Compost Experience Officer (CEO) at Gainesville Compost, a Pedal Powered Community Compost Network founded in Gainesville, Florida in 2011. Gainesville Compost is a project of BikeCompost, which works to promote bicycle-powered community composting nationwide.