Office Collection by One Revolution Bicycle
Recycling has teamed up with One
a local member-owned bicycle collection service, and the UVM
Bike Users Group (B.U.G.)
to provide a unique compost collection service to UVM offices. Over 45 office locations are now participating.
Selected offices received a small food scraps bag to keep in their
or lunchroom. Offices were provided with a Welcome Card
and Printed Guidelines to post in their office kitchen
on what to compost.
Once per week, a One Revolution cyclist picks up the
full bag, replaces it with an empty one, and "cycles" the food scraps to
central collection point on campus. From there, a larger
truck transports the material, along with other compostables from
campus, to the Green Mountain Compost facility
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Why is this program being implemented?
UVM already collects 9 tons of food waste per week from campus dining
hall locations for composting. The collection system --which
involves large compost carts picked up by a truck each day-- is not
well suited for office buildings. One Revolution and B.U.G.
suggested a bicycle-based collection service, and. UVM Recycling agreed
to test pilot the program.The goal of the program is to
divert additional food waste from landfill disposal, in a
cost-effective and sustainable manner.
How were offices selected to participate?
In April 2011, an
on-line survey was sent out to all staff and departments on campus.
About sixty staff members responded and expressed interest in
participating. The planning team reviewed responses and B.U.G.
conducted in-person visits to each potential site. Offices
were selected based on this criteria: building location,
access to kitchenette, office occupant interest, number
of people who use the
kitchenette on a regular basis, and types and quantity of food waste
What offices and buildings are participating?
- Given Courtyard
- Living & Learning (C150 & Career Services)
- Marsh Hall (FD&C and C&ES)
- Johnson House (Gund Institute)
- 284 East Avenue (Physical Plant)
- Jeffords Hall
- Women's Center
- Wheeler House (History)
- Morrill Hall (CDAE offices)
- Farrell Hall
- Kalkin Hall (Business Administration)
- Waterman (President's Wing and several others)
- 109 So Prospect (Campus Planning)
- 322 and 460 So Prospect (Continuing Ed)
- Ira Allen School (TPS & AHRL lunchroom)
- And many others...
Who supplies the bags? What are they made of?
Recycling purchases special compostable bags.from Bag-to-Earth.
These are small and
sturdy and will stand up on their own on a kitchen counterrtop. The
bags are lined with a leak-proof cellulose liner. One
distributes the bags during their collection route.
When are the full bags picked up?
Revolution does a once per week collection on either Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon. They transport the waste via bicycles with a pull-behind trailer to a
central collection spot. All loads will be weighed to track progress.
What if the bag gets filled up prior to the regular
think twice per week pickup will be sufficient for most offices.
However, if the
bag fills up sooner, offices may choose to place it in their freezer or
until the next regularly scheduled pickup day. Extra bags can
provided to offices who generate more than average food waste.
Will there be odors?
Previous tests with the bag in several UVM offices have shown there are
no problems with odors. The bag is breathable which allows air to
circulate and prevents
the organic material from turning "anaerobic" (meaning: lacking oxygen)
typically what causes foul odors in tightly sealed plastic
pails. Offices are also being provided with a "bag clip" to
help close the top of the bag between uses.
Who do I contact with questions about pickup day, or if a
pickup was missed?
Email One Revolution at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 1-877-4BIKEVT if you have questions about your office pickup
service. Be sure to specify your office location and building when
contacting One Revolution directly.
What does the program cost?
UVM Recycling has hired One Revolution to provide the collection
service and is covering all operating costs. One Revolution
is an employee owned LLC company and cyclists provide their own
bicycles and collection trailers.
Can other offices participate in the
this time, UVM Recycling is only offering this collection
to the specific offices which were selected for the Pilot
The program will be evaluated in terms of cost, efficiency and interest
prior to any expansion. In the meanwhile, offices may contact
about other options to voluntarily collect food scraps and transport
them elsewhere on campus.
What other services does One Revolution provide? For
several years, One Revolution has distributed the Vermont Cynic
newspaper via bicycle. The company also offers residential compost
collection, and courier services in the downtown Burlington area.
Visit their website for more details.