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City’s First No-Emissions Compost Company Needs Drivers For Its Electric Van

After successfully crowdfunding for an electric van WasteNot Compost is planning to expand by hiring drivers and partnering with larger businesses and institutions.

Liam Donnelly and Lauren Kaszuba, co-founders of WasteNot Compost, with their newly purchased electric van.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Chicago’s first zero-emissions compost collection service has expanded its fleet with an electric van purchased thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

“Although we didn’t meet the gold standard of our goal, we were still actually able to secure the electric van,” said Liam Donnelly, co-founder of WasteNot Compost. “So now we’re looking to hire a pickup team to help with the driving.”

As of Sept. 17 the GoFundMe campaign for the electric van has raised $11,115 of it $25,000 goal.

Donnelly and Lauren Kaszuba co-founded WasteNot Compost back in 2012. They were both in high school at the time and serviced 12 households and three cafés.

Credit: Image courtesy WasteNot Compost.
Biking 300-500 pounds of compost has become too much for Donnelly, who is a full time student at Loyola University Chicago campus.

In order to be a zero emissions service, Donnelly has been riding a bicycle, towing the the compost in a small trailer behind him. This made sense for the initial customer base, but as the business has expanded — it currently serves about 1,000 accounts in 22 neighborhoods — it became much less feasible.

“I’m so excited about the van. For almost six years it was impossible to hire team members without the van,” he said. “So having it now it’s so much easier to grow a good team.”

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The van and additional hires will help WasteNot partner with larger businesses and institutions while continuing to be a zero emissions company, he said.

“We’re pretty excited because it’ll allow Lauren and I to focus on the strategy of the business in the long run, expand our service area,” Donnelly said. “And we’ll also be able to provide jobs to other Chicagoans in the sustainability scene.”

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