Compostri installs composters and accompanies residents across a building (with a building group or a neighbourhood group) in their efforts to make the community a friendly composting environment.
Composting is a long-standing practice, but it is rarely done in the city, especially in a collective housing environment. The local community composting is reinventing this practice and putting it within the reach of city residents. The environmental benefits of composting are known (waste reduction, soil enrichment), but the innovation in this new practice, lies in the creation of social links between residents and participants.
The local community composting gives the opportunity for residents of the same neighbourhood or from the same housing group - to meet. Participants take turns on a weekly basis to ensure its continuation, and each person is required to exchange duties with each another.
Launched in 2007 in the suburbs of Nantes, the initiative was a major hit and a number of installation projects related to composting are now being studied.
Other community composting tests are being conducted across France and shared through the Compost Citizen network, founded in 2010.
Similar initiatives exist in Belgium, Ostend and Lokeren.