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This Startup Turns Table Scraps Into Profit

Detroit Dirt picks up organic waste from the area, composts it and then sells the dirt for growing produce within the city.
Source: Anastasia McKendrick
Anastasia McKendrick

Pashon Murray’s father worked in waste disposal and management, and as she was growing up in Grand Rapids, she’d regularly visit landfills with him in the mornings before he dropped her off at school. Even as a kid, she found the system to be flawed. “I would just keep asking my dad, ‘How does this work? Why do people keep burying waste?’” 

Why? Because. It picks up organic waste from the Detroit area and composts it, and the resulting dirt is sold or used to grow produce within the city.

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