Compost Baladi enables the recovery of organic waste and its valorization via composting. They achieve this recovery through their self-built various technologies while establishing partnerships with local community members and expanding the impact of their reach through trade and knowledge transfer.
Environmental, Social & Economic impact:
- 50 collaborations with municipalities across Lebanon
- 20,000 impacted farmers in Lebanon
- 6,000 tons of diverted and collected organic waste
- 4,500 tons of produced compost, enough to fertilize 14 hectares of impoverished land
- 3,000 tons of produced food
- 12,000 tons of avoided CO2 emissions from landfills
- 600,000 m3 of saved water thanks to the soil holding capacity of compost
- 37,000,000 KwH saved thanks to decentralized composting close to its source and the distribution of chemical fertilizer usage by compost
Kawkaba: a small village that made the decision to divert its organic waste and has been doing so through Compost Baladi’s Composting Station. The technology ensures that no leachate escapes to the environment and odors are properly filtered.
Interview With Compost Baladi:
“Fondation Diane was one of the few organizations willing to invest in the environmental and social impact we can achieve; as we are one of the earliest pioneers.” – Marc Aoun, Founder of Compost Baladi
Project’s Presentation and History:
Compost Baladi is a Lebanese social enterprise founded in early 2017 by Antoine Abou Moussa and Marc Aoun in partnership with Fondation Diane. Compost Baladi provides products and services that promote the local recovery of valuable resources from bio-waste.
How did the idea of a green business occur to you?
We noticed that there are many initiatives taking place for recycling; however, none focused on organic waste. As the waste management crisis occurred, we realized that it was viable to create an organic waste management company.
Accelerate what nature does!
Meet the Earth Cube! It is a composting unit that empowers individuals and community members to take action in composting food waste by controlling all odor and pest challenges.
How do you think green businesses can help Lebanon and its citizens?
Green businesses are an opportunity to be able to address some of the public service gaps not provided effectively by the government and to do so in innovative ways that increase the reach of those initiatives by making them win-win-win models that users can afford to buy into.
How did you become a green entrepreneur?
I come from a background of environmental science and my partner from a background of community-based organizations working in the environmental field. I have personally always had the entrepreneurial spirit that has encouraged me to create economically viable initiatives as we believe this is the only way for organizations to be sustainable in the long term.
Do you have a message for future entrepreneurs?
If you stick to what you are doing and believe in your impact, there are people out there who are eager to support you to make it happen.