Rockville’s Compost Crew Wins National Organics Diversion Program of the Year Award

by MCS Staff

The US Composting Council recognized a Rockville composting company, Compost Crew, at the USCC’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. At the United States Composting Council achievement awards, the Organics Diversion Program of the Year Award went to Rockville’s Compost Crew.

Ben Parry, Chief Executive Officer, acquired the company in 2018. Compost Crew is based in Rockville, MD and provides collection services throughout the DMV area by supporting community resilience and developing several modular small-scale compost facilities.

Compost Crew recently announced its results for 2021, continuing its growth trajectory In the most recent fiscal year, Compost Crew expanded by 50% for the second year in a row. “As Compost Crew strives to make composting more mainstream in the region, we were delighted to see a big jump in our commercial composting business,” said Ben Parry, CEO of Compost Crew. “With 700,000 tons of food waste generated in the area each year, our work is far from done.’
In 2021, Compost Crew surpassed 7,000 commercial and residential customers. This reflects an increase of more than 1,600 additional homes in the Maryland, District of Columbia and Northern Virginia area since the end of 2020.
Compost Crew’s commercial pick-up service also saw record growth in 2021, more than doubling the number of organizations serviced. Among the new customers are: Elite Spice, Greenheart, and Children’s National Hospital. In particular, schools began composting with Compost Crew at an unprecedented rate; organizations like Prince
William County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Capitol Hill Day School and Holton-Arms School all joined the company’s roster.
“We are thrilled to be working with Compost Crew!” said the Greenheart team. “Not only does this partnership allow us to easily and safely compost, but together we can educate more customers on the importance of composting as part of a sustainable lifestyle.”
In all. Compost Crew diverted over 3.750 tons of food from landfills and incinerators in 2021. Compost Crew’s impact was recognized through several prestigious awards. Compost Crew was named the Organics Diversion Program of the Year by the US Composting Council, and the Green Business Innovator of the Year by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Compost Crew CEO, Ben Parry, was named to the Waste 360 40 Under 40 list to recognize his contributions to the zero waste industry.
To help improve accessibility to composting across the region, Compost crew launched a community food scrap drop off program with two foundational locations at True Respite Brewery in Derwood and at the Montgomery Farm Womens’
Community Market in Bethesda. These drop off locations allow local residents to drop off their organic scraps on their own schedule for a low monthly rate.

 

 

Awardees are nominated by peers and honored each year at the US Composting Council’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow. The USCC is proud of the outstanding efforts of this year’s group of distinguished awardees and members.

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