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April 1, 2014

Compost business leads to national recognition

TRAVERSE CITY — Two years slogging food waste paid off this week with some national recognition for one enterprising boy and his father.

Carter Schmidt, 9, and his company, Carter’s Compost, appears in this month’s issue of BioCycle magazine, a nationally distributed website and magazine that focuses on composting, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion and renewable energy.

Schmidt and his dad Ty started their bicycle-powered business in 2012. The Schmidts collect 5-gallon buckets of compostable food waste for $10 per month. They then recycle the organic materials into rich compost and return one bucket full each year to each customer. The business is headquartered at the Schmidt home on Washington Street in Traverse City.

The BioCycle story features question and answer section with each of four food scrap recycling entrepreneurs from across the country. Schmidt is the youngest of the bunch and one of only two who use pedal power in their business model. The article may be read at

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