Learn more about ScrapCycle

By the end of 2021, ScrapCycle hopes to have 300 residents in Muncie and 12 volunteers who regularly help collect buckets every two weeks.

Visit the ScrapCycle website, Instagram or Facebook for more information.

Source: ScrapCycle website

Bob Mattax founded the local organization ScrapCycle in June 2020 to tackle waste in the Muncie community through composting. Mattax graduated from Ball State University with a degree in communications in 2000 and has been based in Muncie ever since.

ScrapCycle participants can register online and receive a green ScrapCycle bucket to take home to collect scrap. Then every two weeks volunteers go through Muncie picking up participants’ buckets to weigh and monitor how much waste has been collected before moving them to a larger compost heap. The ScrapCycle website provides a list of items that individuals can put in their buckets.

“I want to do whatever I can to help my community, my children, and my planet – and encourage other people to do the same,” Mattax said.

Mattax said volunteers were collecting leftover food, shredded paper products, and lawn debris to expand the program in and around Muncie.

“Right now the biggest thing is getting more people involved,” said Mattax. “I want everyone to be more waste conscious. The more we accept this as individuals, the greater our chances of not destroying ourselves. “

People interested in attending can sign up at no financial cost, Mattax said. People can donate to ScrapCycle whether they participate or not. Mattax said it is important to him to volunteer to pay for the service in order to maximize awareness and remove barriers to participation.

“All of our services are voluntary – so you can sign up tomorrow and it won’t cost you anything,” he said.

ScrapCycle founder Bob Mattax carries a green bucket of compost marked with the ScrapCycle logo away from an attendee’s home. ScrapCycle needs a number of volunteers to collect buckets from people’s homes every two weeks. Bob Mattax, photo provided

Molly Hayes, a 2019 Ball State Nutrition and Dietetics graduate, met Mattax through campus church The Revolution, where she learned about ScrapCycle.

“I’ve been interested in things like the environment and plants for a while,” says Hayes. “I heard about ScrapCycle and [what] Composting is and how I’ve heard from other people and how successful they have been. “

Hayes said she became a ScrapCycle member in October 2020 and realized the importance of composting to preserving the environment.

“Doing even the smallest things can help in the greatest way – keeping things out of our landfills,” said Hayes.

Hayes said she has a bowl in her kitchen that she uses to collect the leftovers from chopping vegetables or fruits. At the end of the day, she dumps the rubbish in her bucket, which she keeps outside.

Ball State Musical Theater 2021 graduate Tatum Langley joined ScrapCycle after accidentally signing up for the organization by clicking a link her friend shared on social media. Even so, Langley said that by participating in ScrapCycle, she realized how much food waste she produces.

“I was shocked to see how much my compost bin was filling up and how less and less my normal trash was taking away from week to week,” she said.

Langley said she hopes people will realize how easy it is to compost after looking into ScrapCycle.

“ScrapCycle is also currently fully funded, so I really hope current and future members will be able to donate financially to help ScrapCycle grow commercially,” said Langley. “The biggest change starts small.”

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