Bicycle-powered compost co-operative may get rolling this year

The new year could see a new Greenfield co-op off to a roll, after three years of development in a “think tank” at the Franklin County Jail.

It’s a worker-owned co-operative that aims not only to help businesses and homeowners get rid of compostable waste, but also to give former jail inmates a chance to run their own business.

The compost co-op is a product of a Greenfield Community College course offered at the jail as well as a “think-tank” discussion group there about how to give former inmates a foothold in re-entering society. The endeavor has been looking at building off potential anchor institutions like the Baystate Franklin Medical Center, GCC and the jail itself.

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