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Updated: February 11, 2020

Scrappy Camden startup ScrapDogs builds clientele

Courtesy / OHSTT Solid Waste Corp. ScrapDogs co-founder Tessa Rosenberry and Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Solid Waste Corp. Board Chair Bruce Colson signed a year-long agreement allowing residents to recycle household kitchen scraps.  

A Camden startup called ScrapDogs Community Compost has won a new client through a partnership agreement with the Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Solid Waste Corp. 

The agreement allows residents of the three towns to recycle food scraps at the cooperative transfer station on Buttermilk Drive in Thomaston, using special bins provided by ScrapDogs at no cost to the corporation, according to a news release. The materials are then transported off site to be turned into compost.

Thomaston Solid Waste Corp. Board Chair Bruce Colson signed the year-long agreement. Residents can choose from various plans that fit individual household needs for disposal, including one that provides compost for use in their personal gardens.

ScrapDogs is building a subscriber base of restaurants and households for its service of turning food waste into compost.

One of the benefits of the program is reduced costs to the corporation and taxpayers for kitchen waste that doesn't get composted at home. Food scraps can contain as much as 90% or more moisture content, and with their removal the volume and weight of municipal waste going into containers gets reduced, decreasing tipping fees.

The corporation’s directors worked closely with ScrapDogs founders Davis Saltonstall and Tessa Rosenberry for the better part of a year to develop the program, which will initially operate for a 12-month period to gauge its success.

Started by Rockport native Saltonstall and Rosenberry of New York, ScrapDogs says its niche is based on the underutilization of an everyday product. 

According to the company's website, about half of what Mainers send to the dump every year could be collected and turned into compost. Although it’s possible to compost on one’s own, the chemistry and logistics of backyard compost can be difficult to master.

The pick-up service now operates in Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville, Thomaston, Belfast and surrounding areas.

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