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From Combat to Compost

justen garrity

justenI grew up in the suburbs of Columbia. I left for college and the army, and came back to Maryland from Iraq in 2009, and found myself unemployed. So, I started looking around for business ideas and gravitated towards the recycling business.  I saw that 2/3 of all the trash in America is compostable and few people are out there composting it.  So, I thought it was a good opportunity.

I took a risk and started Veteran Compost in Aberdeen, with a shovel, the money in my pocket and no prior business or compost experience. Maryland proved to be a great state to start a business. Five years later we are the only permitted food scrap compost site in the state, and work with many proud local companies like McCormick, T Rowe Price, MOMs market and the Baltimore Ravens.

I like hiking the Appalachian Trail off Route 70, running around the Inner Harbor, getting out in Annapolis,  and eating plenty of good Maryland seafood.  A couple of hours drive in any direction from Baltimore and you can be in the city, in the mountains, or at the beach – not many states have all of that going on.

Maryland is home.

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