We have been working for a couple years to bring Rot Cycle (http://rotcycle.ca) to Port Alberni, but health issues prevent us from finally launching.
This is an innovative idea that addresses food waste, urban agriculture and vehicle emissions. It is a very simple idea with a very low overhead.
There is already a small customer base waiting for service, but no real customer recruitment has happened yet.
I started a similar business in Victoria ten years ago that is still in business. It was the first of it's kind in Canada and only the second I know of in North America. Since then many other people have found success with this model.
I have already acquired a business license, started a website, found some customers and have secured two locations for compost bins (with more having been offered.)
I can walk you through the process the whole way.
You need to be fit enough to cycle with a loaded trailer, and to build and maintain compost bins, as well as be able to communicate with potential customers and others in the community who are willing to collaborate and assist.
It would only be equivalent to part time work, but that all depends on how many customers you can sign up. The more customers you have, the more you will make.
The option exists as well to form a non profit or cooperative, in which case you will have access to grants, as this is a zero emissions business that serves an environmental function in several areas, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a measurable way.
If you love cycling and want to help in the fight against climate change and help to increase food security in the region, and want to be your own boss and earn the respect of many, this opportunity is for you.
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