Opening tonight is the Dirt Factory. No, it’s not some hot new club. Rather is the latest and greatest way to do your part and lessen your impact on our environment. The Dirt Factory is University City Districts new composting facility. And, today, the first day of summer, they’ll be loading up their first load of organic compost.
The mission of the new facility is to help keep fallen leaves out of our waste stream, provide a loaction to sustainably dispose of food scraps and other organic waste, generate high quality compost to be used in our gardens, and educate residents to the benefits of composting.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Leaves: UCD collects bagged leaves and wood chips from the neighborhood for processing at The Dirt Factory. Do you have bagged leaves or wood chips? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup.
- Food scraps and other organic material: The Pedal Co-op collects compostable material from University City residents and businesses, with drop-off at The Dirt Factory. To find out more about this service, which is available for a low monthly fee, contact the Pedal Co-Op at 507-581-4421.
- You can also drop off up to 5 gallons of organic food waste per week at The Dirt Factory. The facility is open for drop-off from 5-6pm every Wednesday, but please check this page to confirm those hours before dropping off. For a list of materials that are accepted for composting, please visit http://pedalcoop.org/compost.
To celebrate the occasion, they’re hosting a free Grand Opening party tonight from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with plantable giveaways, live bluegrass from Sour Mash, awesome free food and drinks from Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Dock Street Brewing Co., Four Worlds Bakery, and more.