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HCS is currently operating in Hastings on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Ardsley, and Edgemont (NY).

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Composting is an environmentally friendly practice that reduces food waste in landfills, cuts down on plastic bags, lowers your greenhouse gas footprint, and supports natural fertilizer production.


Since we began, HCS has been working hard to make sure our operations are fully carbon neutral and that we have an overall postive impact on our local and global environment. In addition to helping local communities divert food waste away from landfills, HCS also pays to offset our carbon footprint for every mile we drive and are in the process of joining “1% for the Planet”.

Our Team

HCS was founded by Jude Joerger, Max Schapiro, and Ben Wan in during the summer of 2019. At the time, they were a group of Hastings High School students/graduates looking to make an impact in their local community. The three noticed that residents were less likley to compost if they had to personally take their food waste to drop-off sites. They decided to start a pickup program allowing residents to particpate in curbside composting, designed to be just like trash and recycling services. After a short pilot program, HCS began accepting Hastings residents for $5/week.

In the summer 2021, the founders decided to take HCS to the next step.The team expanded the service to Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow,growing from 50 to over 250 members. When Jude and Max went back to college at the end of the summer, HCS hired HHS and Hobart and William Smith Graduate, Sophia Macaluso, as Director of Residential Services.

Ben and Sophia currently manage HCS full time and are working everyday to make composting accessible to everyone.

Ben Hunt Wan

USC Iovine and Young Academy '21
Hastings High School '17

Sophia Macaluso

Hobart and William Smith Colleges '21
Hastings High School '17

Oliver Fuchs

Hastings High School '22

Gus Renzin

Hastings High School '23

Owen Druhl

Hastings High School '23

Lulu Forte

Irvington High School '23

Max Schapiro

University of Arizona '24
Hastings High School '20

Jude Joerger

University of Wisconsin-Madison '24
Hastings High School '20