KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There's a new startup business in town taking a bite out of food waste.
Compost Collective KC is taking steps to improve the environment. The company started six months ago and is already expanding their efforts to several more zip codes throughout the metro area.
"I feel like in the last month, we realized that this is going to work and we really feel like it's actually going to be a thing," said Meredith McAllister, Compost Collective KC Co-Founder.
The company currently picks-up in Brookside, Midtown and the Waldo areas.
Compost Collective KC provides a bucket with a lid and compostable liner at your curb. Customers fill it up with food scraps to be picked up and replaced with another clean bucket.
"It has to be a passion to go around and touch other people's used food," said Kyle McAllister, Compost Collective KC Co-Founder.
Food waste is a major problem. The Food and Agriculture Organization said it costs the world $1 trillion per year. In the United States alone, food waste is estimated between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply.
"So that's 365 Rose Bowl's of food waste every single year in just the U.S," said Kyle McAllister.
The company partners with Missouri Organics and local farms who then turn the food scraps into nutrient-dense compost.