Business Profiles Series Launched with Rust Belt Riders Composting Report

I’m so excited to launch the first case report in the Imagined Economy Project’s Business Profiles Series. This series examines the market entry, business design, and labor features of worker cooperatives that could be replicated.


Rust Belt Riders Composting is such a cool business. It was started by four friends active in community gardening and also pretty entrenched in Cleveland’s restaurant scene. Knowing how bad the soil is in an old industrial city like Cleveland, they got the idea to collect food scraps to enrich the soil, one thing led to another, and a business was born. I’m not exactly sure why sanitation developed as it did in the United States- throwing anything and everything into one big heap. We should have been separating out organics and recyclables from the start!


Hindsight is 20/20 they say, but Rust Belt Riders Composting offers a way to correct our mistakes and produce community-rooted jobs all at the same time!  Click below to read the profile: