Our Story

Meet Madison and Colin!

Madison and Colin, co-founders of Dirt Cheap Compost

Colin and Madison met in 2020 at a rooftop BBQ.

Madison, a Green Realtor® at the time, had just launched a new podcast, Eco-Friendly Homes. When she found out that Colin was Founder of Sheets & Giggles, a Denver-based sustainable bedding brand famous for its Eucalyptus sheets, she asked to interview him on her podcast!

Yada yada yada... the wedding's in April.

Madison and Colin at Red Rocks on date #5. Yes, we do nauseate our friends.

Now with a home of their own (thanks Madison!), Madi and Colin search for endless ways to make their own household as sustainable as possible. Solar panels, efficient lighting, no-VOC paint, electrification... and of course, home composting.

While Denver County now offers taxpayer-funded home compost pickup along with trash and recycling (hooray!), Jefferson County does not.... nor do most counties adjacent to Denver.

After having had their price raised 3x in 2 years by another local compost pickup service, one day Madison asked Colin: "We're going to pay $500/year just for someone to come by our house once a week and pick up our compost... why don't we just do this ourselves?"

Colin, a serial entrepreneur (read: ADHD), immediately lit up, and Dirt Cheap Compost's business plan was finished by midnight. One thing that stuck out was the margin: we realized we could build a modest small business / financially viable passion project at under $30 per customer, and under $25/month for annual plans.

Overall, we're busy people (Colin now runs 4 businesses, and on her off days Madison models professionally... in between her archeology digs!). We do these pickups for fun and for our community, so we're not really trying to build a massively profitable business out of DCC or anything (*note: but Colin says that if you need new sheets, we won't stop you). So we'll keep prices low, operate a professional business with great customer care (it's not hard to be nice to people), and keep building DCC's membership organically one home at a time.

It's awesome to meet our neighbors, get more involved locally, and make Colorado a more sustainable place to live. Nothing like putting your hands in the (nutrient-rich) dirt!

At Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge!

Someone call HR