Sunday February 08, 2015

Turning stinky restaurant waste into soil for local farms

A still from Urban Stream's crowdfunding campaign video.

A still from Urban Stream's crowdfunding campaign video.

Listen 8:26

In Vancouver, restaurant owners had a problem. The city is requiring them to dispose of their own organic waste, adding cost and potential mess. Nick Hermes, founder of Urban Stream Innovation, had an idea. Why not take old shipping containers and turn them into combination mini-farms and composters? Months - and lots of red tape - later, Nick has an urban composting biz, a revised business model, and hopes for a future of urban farming.