By: Tim Studebaker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In a Providence neighborhood, behind a flower shop, thousands upon thousands of pounds of discarded egg shells, bread, corn cobs, and more are being composted away.

Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens Owner Mike Bradlee says, "We're taking advantage of what a community of microorganisms already have evolved to do, which is to process plant and animal material that falls on the ground as detritus, and turn it back into useful soil.

After developing and perfecting the concept for years,  the Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens says they became the state's first licensed and registered medium sized community facility, where members can drop off their food scraps, then reap the rewards later with soil to use in their gardens.

Bradlee says, "We needed to create something that residents would be able to access at their convenience all year round."

Bradlee says aside from producing soil that's good for growing veggies, composting is better for the environment too.

Bradlee says, "Buried food scraps will compost under anaerobic conditions, and it'll produce methane ... as well as other noxious compounds that create and contribute to greenhouse effect."

He says right now, they're taking in 1200 pounds of food waste from about 120 families per week, but they are gearing up to take in a lot more.

Bradlee says, "We think once we're done with our build-out, we would easily be able to take in 10,000 pounds of food scraps a week."

He says that's about the amount of food waste produced by 40 city blocks worth of households.  Visit their Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/earthapplianceorganics/

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