Cowboy Compost Works to Recycle Food Waste

The company, formed by the director of the Fort Worth Symphony, picks up food waste and converts it to soil.


Fort Worth-based Cowboy Compost is working to prevent food waste from reaching the city’s landfill, and in turn, raising awareness on recycling and organic waste.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, teamed up with friend Johanna Calderón in July to launch the service that picks up food waste and takes it to a composting facility, according to, the official, student-produced product of the Department of Journalism in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University.

“So by doing this, now I’ve created the option of recycling, basically, because compost is recycling,” Harth-Bedoya told the community news website. 

With 3,000 tons of waste being carted to Fort Worth’s Southeast Landfill each day, the landfill will be at capacity in 25 years, Operations Supervisor Jane Berry told the website.

Fort Worth residents or businesses can place food scraps in an airtight bucket and every two weeks Cowboy Compost will come by to pick up the waste. After inspecting the contents, employees then transfer the waste to a composting facility, where it can be converted into soil. Cost is $7.50 per bucket for residents, while pricing varies for businesses. 

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