Compost Fairy Program Prepares to Expand

Cooper-Young’s Compost Fairy program will expand following the close last month of a successful online fundraising campaign.

Kitchen scraps make up about 25 percent of America’s trash, waste that can’t properly decompose when sealed in trash bags in landfills, instead producing harmful toxins that contaminate the ground and water. Kitchen composting is an easy and effective way to reduce ecological footprint and requires little effort, money, or space. Composted egg shells, fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds and filters, leaves and garden waste turns into valuable organic fertilizer that can be used for gardens, flower beds, and lawns.

Started in 2014, the Compost Fairy program offers an easy, accessible way for Memphis residents to turn kitchen scraps headed for the landfill into valuable compost. Residents collect their compostable material throughout the week and then each Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. drop it off at the collection point at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market. In 2016, the compost fairy collected almost 1,000 pounds.

Organizers hope to quadruple that haul in 2017 thanks to a campaign on, a nonprofit crowd-funding site that helps raise money for community improvement projects. Compost Fairy organizers were to raise $1,500 to pay for a utility trailer that would quadruple the amount of compostable they could collect. The campaign met its fundraising goal of $1,266 with a couple of weeks left in the campaign which ended January 31st.

Supporters of the project can still donate money at and there is also a link to inquire about related volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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