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What’s new at Bootstrap? October edition

Hello compost warriors! 

There are a lot of exciting developments on our end that we want to share with you! 

This past month, Bootstrap acquired OffBeet Compost, a well-respected, long standing community compost company serving the Merrimack Valley. When Kesiah Bascomb (OffBeet founder and compost rockstar) decided to switch up her career, she handpicked Bootstrap to carry on the legacy of Offbeet, citing our commitment to the communities where we operate and the treatment of our workers. We thank Kesiah for her 5 years of impact toward slaying waste and are thrilled and honored to welcome former OffBeet customers to Boot Nation.

Speaking of community work, here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to in the outreach department; all of which was made possible by subscribers like you.

  • Our inaugural school supply donation drive (in association with Cradles to Crayons) netted bags and bags of clothes and other essentials for schoolchildren in Massachusetts.
  • As part of our partnership with Providence-based compost hauler Harvest Cycle, we added a second drop-off site at the Wanskuck Public Library.
  • Our compost donations included several buckets to support pollinator gardens in street medians in Worcester (in partnership with the Worcester Green Corps) and to Raymond LaPerche Elementary School in Smithfield, RI.

On a quick service note, with autumn here (and love it or leave it, pumpkins everywhere), Team Boot is here to help you compost your gourds! Just as a reminder, if a pumpkin cannot fit inside the bucket (with the lid firmly closed) your account will be subject to our extra material pick-up fee ($6 per bag/item). When you are ready to say goodbye to your pumpkin, simply place it on top of your bucket on your service day. If you have multiple pumpkins, please clearly mark them as intended for pick-up with a note. The best way to avoid the extra material pick-up fee is to smash your pumpkin in order to fit it in your bucket or by putting your jack-o’-lantern into a Bag to Earth bag (which can be purchased here!)

As for leaf collection, this year Bootstrap is offering to pick up your yard waste for a $20 fixed fee, for up to five “box store” paper bags of leaves and yard clippings. Any additional bag will cost $5 apiece. As you may or may not know, carbon sources are an essential part of a healthy compost, and with the Boot, those leaves will go to good use! Email and we will arrange a special pickup (separate from your regular bucket service) on a forthcoming Friday.

Thanks for making all of this work possible. Enjoy the lovely New England autumn and compost on! 

– Team Boot