Eye on Business: Clearwater Creek Compost

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Sarah Moller, owner of Clearwater Compost.
Sarah Moller, owner of Clearwater Compost.

Saving the Earth One Bucket of Compost at a Time

Across America, on average 139.6 million tons of garbage are put into landfills each year. This can be because people do not think about what they are choosing to throw away when they do it or because it is the easiest option to many compared to recycling or composting. Whatever the reason may be, reducing the amount of garbage in the landfill is just one easy way that any person can work to save the Earth, something that becomes more and more important with each passing day.

“This Earth is all we have,” said 25 year old Sarah Moller, owner of Clearwater Creek Compost. “As humans we have done a lot of damage to the Earth, but it is never too late to fix that damage and begin to do the right thing. The more we fix today brings us one step closer to reversing that damage tomorrow.”

Moller began Clearwater Creek Compost in March 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic began. According to Moller, she was bored at the time and thought it was time to begin her own business, which is something that she had always wanted to do. She also wanted to do something that would make a difference in a big way. After doing her research, she decided on starting her own composting business.

“It was something that I knew a lot about and was passionate about that I thought could make a difference and also make me money,” Moller said.

Moller works out of her home in Russell, Pennsylvania, but a lot of her business also operates out of Frewsburg, and does business across Chautauqua County. Weekly, she drives to her customers’ houses to pick up the compost buckets — that come in either two and a half or five gallons — that they have filled and switches them with a new empty bucket. Moller then brings the buckets home to weigh them and track how much compost she has collected. The compost is then added to her home compost pile which she turns and helps to break it down, and eventually some is also returned to the customers.

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According to Moller about 25% of the average household trash can be composted, and in this way a lot of trash that is sent to landfills can be saved and sent back to the Earth instead of sitting and filling up landfills. All a person needs to make their own compost is nitrogen, water, carbon and oxygen to break down the food that they send to compost. Nitrogen can come from foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and carbon comes from things such as dry leaves and sawdust. All of this works together to send food back into the Earth and a nutrient dense soil is produced from it.

Composting is something easy that anyone can do and can work to help save the Earth even in just the local community. It is also a simple switch from throwing compostable foods in the trash to throwing them into the compost bin, and is something that can make a huge difference for the Earth. Through Clearwater Creek Compost, so far Moller has collected 4,500 pounds of compost that has been sent back into the Earth from the local community.

“I’m super proud of this community,” Moller said.

If interested in beginning to compost with Clearwater Creek, residential weekly pickups are $15 a month. Businesses have the option of two weekly pickups for $30 a month. Clearwater Creek Compost can be contacted at clearwatercreek.savetheearth@gmail.com, by calling 485-3163, or through their Facebook or Instagram page, where people can also see pictures of the process. They can also be found at their website, www.clearwatercreeksavetheearth.com.

Saving and protecting the Earth is important. It is the only home we have and the only one we get. So, when looking for a simple way to do your part in helping the Earth, consider contacting Clearwater Creek Compost. It is a simple way that anyone, anywhere, can help to do their part.