Ames, Iowa startup diverts food waste to compost with at-home pickup

Carissa Moyna has earned the nickname Compost Queen for her passion for turning food and organic waste into a material to create healthier soil. Now she and her business partner Andrew Frank have turned their enthusiasm for compost into a business.

Core Living Compost is a recent startup, launched June 1. The food waste pickup service covers all of Ames and helps divert food refuse from the stream of garbage handled at the Ames Resource Recovery Plant.

The business was co-founded by Moyna, a recent Iowa State grad with an MBA and civil engineering degree, and Frank, a computer engineering

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