Facilitating better stewardship of the planet is our business, but that’s not the whole story. We practice what we preach by proactively adopting practices that help us leave the earth better than we found it.
Composting is the quintessential sustainable activity, taking nutrients from the soil and cycling them right back into the soil to benefit new plants.
From its inception, the mission of Moonshot has been to awaken people to this beautiful practice of composting by changing the way they view excess food–to see it not as trash, but as a valuable, renewable resource just waiting to be tapped.
Every new resident or business that signs up with Moonshot expands “the Mooniverse” and grows its positive impact. Click on any pin on the map below to see in real-time how much food waste each of our customers has diverted from landfills. As you can see, we’re making a huge difference!
Twice a year, we offer both residential and commercial customers the opportunity to receive compost they’ve earned with their donations. We also sell compost, upon request. What can we say–we just love seeing this great, natural resource used in place of synthetic fertilizer!
However, as most of our customers don’t request to receive their earned compost, much of it is donated to community gardens. Over the last several years we’ve donated hundreds of pounds of compost to eight community gardens in the area.
These gardens are special for so many reasons: they bring residents together, boost the local economy, improve air quality, help ease food insecurity, and create a beautiful space in which everyone can take pride.
Here in Houston where we’re based, we’re walking the walk by recycling at our offices and using 100% renewable electricity. Employees are also proud Moonshot customers at their homes.
We recently purchased an electric E-transit vehicle for making collections. We also use route optimization software throughout our fleet to ensure each collection involves the fewest number of miles on the road as possible.
Because we cut into our driving efficiency if we go out of our way for a single pickup, we only grow our service area as demand requires. That means we need a critical mass of subscribers in an area before we can justify operating there.
We find that our current subscribers are often the best advocates for composting to their friends and neighbors. That’s why we offer a $5 credit for every referral they make, to encourage you to spread the word and help us launch the Moonshot mission into new territories.
Staying off the road is so important to us, we even incentivize customers to wait until they have a full bin before having us come and collect their food waste. Residential customers earn a $5 refund for each collection they skip.
All you have to do is reply to your weekly collection reminder text before the day of your collection and let us know not to come.
Think we overlooked the food waste containers? Think again! The only bags we use and accept are certified compostable, meaning there’s no part of your donation that ends up in a landfill.
At Moonshot, we believe you can’t change what you can’t measure. That’s why we provide you with your exact food waste diversion stats that you can access from the palm of your hand.
We call it the Diversion Dashboard, and in our humble opinion it transforms expectations for what a waste company can and should be.
We want your Moonshot participation to be easy to sustain, too, which is why we make it as easy as possible to remember what goes where.
Lists of acceptable composting items are printed directly on the bin, making it less likely the load gets contaminated.
You can also download and print the list any time.