Spurt Cares

Although our composting operations directly address climate change and regeneration, which is all great for the environment, our primary focus of social responsibility is the community. Helping other Michiganders is an opportunity for us to grow as individuals, as a business and to improve the lives of future generations.
Yad Ezra Compost donation

Yad Ezra Compost donation

We believe in increasing local resilience, building strong soils, and protecting the environment that we all share.

As part of our efforts to improve the quality of life of Michiganders, in 2020 we started a compost donation program with Yad Ezra, an organization in Berkley that provides free, healthy food to insecure families living in SE Michigan.

Every year we donate some of our STA Certified Compost to Giving Gardens, a place for people to learn about gardening, farming, food sustainability and hunger issues. It is rewarding to see that our actions influence the lives of those in need.

In Michigan, over 1.3 million people are struggling with hunger and, of them, over 300 thousand are children. In 2020, COVID-19 impacted financially many families across the State, and we feel so lucky be a part of this initiative where Michiganders help each other.

Farm City Detroit

Farm City Detroit Collaboration

In 2020 we had the opportunity to start an amazing collaboration with Farm City Detroit, an organization that promotes positive community engagement embracing the importance of allocating resources for self-sufficiency and increasing access to fresh and healthy food to the neighborhood.

We donate STA Certified Compost and Spurt Dirt to the farm every spring and fall, and all harvests are for donation to those in need.

When we dream about the future of Spurt, we always see opportunities like this one, where we feel that all the hard work is worth it and is definitely changing the lives of Michiganders.

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) sponsorship

Spurt is a proud sponsor of Cadillac Urban Gardens from Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDVE). We provide free compost for this 1-acre urban garden in Mexicantown, Detroit. This initiative helps create a system of equitable access and availability of culturally relevant food across SW Detroit.

This urban garden is a space for community members to come together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, promote food sovereignty, and beautify their neighborhood through place-based intergenerational learning. In turn, the garden provides food security for residents with little access to fresh produce and has become a model for sustainable gardening practices.

Bieniek Park Garden compost donation

Bieniek Park was a Decommissioned City of Detroit Park. Back in 2014, the non-profit Bridging Communities and local residents adopted the Park as "Friends of Bieniek Park”. This year, we had the opportunity to donate STA Certified Compost for the 14 raised planter beds, as well as fruit trees on site. Everything the volunteers harvest goes to neighbors and those in need.

The importance of using high quality compost is huge, as the food they harvest is completely natural, free of chemicals and full of nutrients.

West Detroit Farm

In today’s world, there are numerous needs, and it’s gratifying for us to have the opportunity to improve society through compost donation to West Detroit Farm, where all the food harvested is donated to residents in needs.

As many Detroit residents struggle with access to fresh fruits and vegetables and continue to face food insecurity, this community garden helps families through access to nutrient-dense food.

Wixom community projects

As a community focused business, we are actively looking for ways to make a real, lasting difference to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Some of the projects we support are:

  • Compost donation to City of Wixom projects:
    • Gunnar Mettala Park maintenance project 2020: 30 yards of compost.
    • New Columbarium project at Wixom Cemetery 2021: 16 yards of compost.
  • Adopt a box Program for Wixom residents: Yard waste picked up is dumped for free at our facility and turned into nutrient-rich compost.
  • We sponsor Wixom Firefighters Foundation Breakfast with Santa event every year.
  • Free yard waste and brush disposal and recycling from Sarah Banks Middle School.

Free services for Wixom residents

As a small, family-owned business, staying connected to our community is important. The success of Spurt could not be possible without the support of residents, local businesses, and the local government.

Are you a Wixom resident? You can access the many benefits we offer at Spurt, enjoying the new setup that makes disposal and pick-up services timely and convenient. These free services include:

  • Free yard waste, brush, and tree disposal.
  • Free food scraps drop-off to help you achieve your sustainability goals.
  • Free pick-up services:
    • STA Certified Compost and Mulch.

In 2020 alone, over 700 Wixom residents used the free services.

How does it work? It is very easy, you can visit our facility located behind the Department of Public Works (DPW) building, show a proof of residency and we will guide you to the Wixom residents’ area where you will be able to dump yard waste and pick up soils and mulch and it is completely free.

If you have any questions about the type of waste that we recycle or about our compost and mulch, please contact our office at (248) 912 4279.