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Weston Student Turns Food Scraps into Gardening Gold

Josh Lachs, a senior at Weston High School, returned home from a semester studying in the Caribbean with more than just a tan and some high school credits.
Josh Lachs, a senior at Weston High School, returned home from a semester studying in the Caribbean with more than just a tan and some high school credits. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTON, Conn. — Josh Lachs, a senior at Weston High School, returned home from a semester studying in the Caribbean with more than just a tan and some high school credits.

Lachs, who studied at The Island School , arrived back in leafy Weston with the inspiration to make environmentally friendly changes in his life and those of his neighbors.

Known as “The Compost Kid,” Lachs is the brains and muscle behind a Weston-based business that picks up compostable material — fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds — from homes and returns the finished compost.

Customers can use the resulting product, which is rich in nutrients, for gardening and landscaping.

Lachs said that many of his clients wanted to compost but didn’t have the time to do so. He saw it as an opportunity.

“A lot of my clients have gardens,” Lachs said. “They’re avid gardeners and already know about compost."

When he came up with the idea for the business, he said he liked how it would serve a true need in the community

“This is a great business idea I could do,” Lachs said of his thinking process. His business has garnered the attention of the Moms of Weston Facebook group, which counts over 1,000 members, Lachs said.

Lachs said he is the only individual running a composting business in town. Although he currently operates only in Weston, he would consider expanding to more towns in the future.

“If other towns are receptive to it, I’d love to,” Lachs said.

Many cities have composting programs, including Boston and New York, he said. One of his Weston customers, who is from Tennessee, told Lachs he had a program back home.

Lachs, the sole employee and owner of the business, may pass it on to friends to run when he attends college after this school year.

He is considering studying business, environmental studies or agricultural studies after graduating next spring from Weston High School.

For more information on Lach’s business, visit his website .

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