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Pop-up Compost

Funded on Spacehive 14 September 2017

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Pop-up Compost


Make earth: recruit family, close friends and willing neighbours to contribute their food left-overs to urban compost projects using Pop-up Compost as a model; simple inexpensive and fruitful.

City of London Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 14 Sep 2017!

Waste is human failure, happening across the globe. Sending food-waste to landfill as refuse, destroys nutrition. This is usually by mixing food left-overs with poisonous things; cleaning fluids, chemicals, battery acids ... you name it we mix it and so, what could be food for the earth - compost - gets trashed. What should be the first stage in the rebuilding of earth - composting, then soil, then food and fresh nutrition - is pointlessly wasted. It is estimated that in this country, each individual throws away 1.48 kg of food remains, per week (multiply that by the relevant millions!). In a densely populated urban environment with big concentrations of medium to high-rise dwellings the proportion being retrieved and recycled is small. It need not be if residents - who are mostly very willing -are provided with a workable system that they trust. That's what Pop-up Compost has been building to achieve. We want to enlarge our scale. Please read on.

What we'll deliver:

  • Expand our existing operations within the larger estate.
  • Raise awareness as widely as possible using local volunteers from the community and local students. .
  • Sponsor and provide practical assistance to neighbouring projects.

Why it's a great idea:

To generate the valuable resource of COMPOST you only need: a) settled space, outdoors or indoors like a garage; b) reliable sources of organic matter from participating supporters (including paper and card); c) patience and determination. None are hard to find, none are expensive. Pop-Up Compost wants to demonstrate this on a larger scale, involving more people. With this funding Pop-up Compost can produce rich, nutritious soil to fertilize gardens, micro-plots, flower pots and window boxes. All can benefit when this is available, close-to and at minimal cost. This pilot project aims to raise awareness by demonstration. Rescuing valuable sources of nutrition from under our noses. With ease, create fresh, clean soil for the urban gardeners in our area. Show how easy and simple it is, especially to children and young people. Make soil - save nutrients.

Steps to get it done:

  • maintain a higher profile within the project area and its surroundings
  • Recruit first volunteer in addition to existing
  • Sign up 5% of eligible households in first phase of outreach
  • keep composting facilities in readiness to be able to respond quickly to increases in participation.
  • Visit 95% of households within the project area

With raised awareness & separation of food left-overs from other waste is more widespread recycling is easier The vicious circle is gradually broken.

Location City of London

About the space

This was, and partially remains, a council estate, cleared and rebuilt in the 1970's to 90's and now largely transferred by Tower Hamlets to EastendHomes, a housing association. It is very close to Tower Bridge and was historicaly the site of an extensive Swedish settlement of timber suppliers from 1670 to 1966.


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £4,460

Cargo bike - £1,775 (40%)
Equipment - £1,200 (27%)
Community events - £550 (12%)
Printing & publicity - £250 (6%)
Website update - £200 (4%)
Books - advice/learning - £100 (2%)
Sundries - worms etc - £100 (2%)
Other - £285 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Cargo bike
Community events
Printing & publicity
Website update
Books - advice/learning
Sundries - worms etc
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £4,460

Our Volunteer List

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