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Bootstrap Compost

March 17, 2011 – BOSTON, Jamaica Plain–Andy Brooks prepares to leave his home in Jamaica Plain to go collect buckets of composting material (mostly kitchen scraps) from subscribers to his new business, Bootstrap Compost. Brooks started his business in early January with a handful of customers. When a February 4 article in the Jamaica Plain Gazette featured Brooks, his customer base grew to 45. The number of customers he’s able to take is limited though since Brooks does all of his collecting by foot. Photo by Alicia Prewett

March 17, 2011 – BOSTON, Jamaica Plain– Sarah Abravanelli (left), the roommate of one of Andy Brooks’s (right) Bootstrap Compost customers, hands Brooks a bucket full of compost material, mostly kitchen refuse. Brooks then leaves Abravanelli with a clean, empty bucket to be picked up in a week. Brooks charges $8 per week and has customers as far as Somerville where he takes the compost buckets with him on the T. Photo by Alicia Prewett

March 17, 2011 – BOSTON, Jamaica Plain–The contents of a compost bucket picked up by Andy Brooks for his business, Bootstrap Compost. Customers fill buckets with a variety of compostables, ranging from kitchen scraps and soup to pizza boxes and dead leaves. Photo by Alicia Prewett

March 17, 2011 – BOSTON, Jamaica Plain–Andy Brooks (right) negotiates a new pick-up schedule with Daniel Verinder of Jamaica Plain (left, with his daughter, Simi, age 4). Verinder subscribes to Brooks’s Bootstrap Compost business after an unsuccessful attempt at composting on his own. Photo by Alicia Prewett

March 17, 2011 – BOSTON, Jamaica Plain–Andy Brooks of Bootstrap Compost hauls four buckets full of composting material he collected from customers in Jamaica Plain. Brooks started Bootstrap Compost after being a reporter for 8 years then working in a variety of restaurants and cafes. He likes the idea of helping the environment while at being his own boss at the same time. With a growing customer base of 45, Brooks now works full-time collecting and composting. “I’m not making a lot of money. But I’m buying groceries and paying my mortgage,” said Brooks. Photo by Alicia Prewett

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