Greenco Environmental leads the way in Atlanta for commercial composting and making the Zero Waste Zone a reality!

Greenco Environmental takes food scraps from Atlanta restaurants and Zero Waste Zone as well as yard waste from landscaping companies and combines and tills it in their commercial composting facility in Barnesville, GA. 90 days later, organic compost is born!

Greenco Environmental takes food scraps from Atlanta restaurants and Zero Waste Zone as well as yard waste from landscaping companies and combines and tills it in their commercial composting facility in Barnesville, GA. 90 days later, organic compost is born!

Never underestimate the power of two when it comes to impacting our environment! No strangers to the entrepreneurial spirit, the husband and wife team of Melia and Tim Lesko channeled their energies into founding their green, Atlanta-based composting company: Greenco Environmental. Greenco works with restaurants and landscaping companies across the Atlanta area to collect food scraps and yard waste into sought-after local, organic compost.

Close to home
You may have heard of Atlanta’s Zero Waste Zone – a huge project launched by Holly Elmore of Green Foodservice Alliance to divert trash from our landfills and into the hands of those that can reuse and recycle it. Greenco is a significant part of the picture as the go-to company for composting for downtown Atlanta’s big players, such as the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, the World of Coca-Cola, and restaurants and hotels. For businesses that seek a zero waste standard, Greenco both assists in the process and leads the way!

In a truly local operation, Greenco transports the compost collected from local Atlanta restaurants down highway 75 to Barnesville, Georgia, where the food scraps, yard waste, and wood chips spend the next 90 days of their existence biodegrading in their 32-acre commercial composting facility. After 90 days of tilling, the finished product of rich, organic fertilizer is then bagged and sold in bulk to local Georgia farmers and garden stores.

Driving forces
Greenco Environmental builds their business on the following principles:

  • Greenco is committed to working with companies and municipalities on their green initiatives by helping with their waste diversion needs.
  • Greenco is partnering with landscape communities across the Southeast as a supplier and provider of services and organic product.
  • Greenco is providing alternatives to the high cost of fertilizer and organic-based products for agricultural communities.
  • Greenco is determined to leave the planet in a better place than it was when we arrived.

And they just keep growing…
So what is Greenco up to these days in between working with Atlanta’s Zero Waste Zone? Melia Lesko has her plate full training the employees of new customers joining the composting movement, including nine restaurants under Buckhead Life Group. And that’s in addition to the three big university food diversion programs she started last week for Emory, Georgia Tech, and Agnes Scott! Keep an eye out for more a lot more coming from the Leskos and from Greenco Environmental in the future – they’re quite an asset to Atlanta’s green movement and to bringing the concept of zero waste to everyday business.

Interested in purchasing organic compost from Greenco Environmental? Just give them a call at 770.872.3777! You can also find it retail at Farmer D’s Organics at the corner of LaVista and Briarcliff Roads.

Be sure to check out Greenco Environmental and Atlanta’s Zero Waste Zone on CNN and Greenco and composting organic matter in Waste Age Magazine, too!

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4 Responses to “Greenco Environmental leads the way in Atlanta for commercial composting and making the Zero Waste Zone a reality!”
  1. Tired of the stench says:

    If you were to drive down to little ole Lamar County and travel the area near the facility, you would also find an overwhelming stench coming from the site. It is October 14, 2010 and once again we cannot open our windows in the evening to let cool air come in because the air is putrid with the odor coming from Greenco. And where is Tim … safe at his home north of Atlanta able to save on electricity because he can OPEN HIS WINDOWS!!

  2. stephanie lyons says:

    I’m from chicago ,i now live in lake village ark..they do not recycle here…i hv experience w da landfills of waste…i hv a class A cdl..how can I b a part of your team ? I saw greenco on cnn news I was thrill to hear wat your doin .

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  1. […] With Ready Pac as their very first customer, Greenco started composting in December 2008. Melia broke the business down for me into three main parts: the wholesale / manufacturer hauling of waste (with the big trucks), the making of compost, and the selling of compost. In order to handle all aspects of the company, Melia and Tim built a team. If you were to go down to the composting facility in Barnesville, you would find the certified site supervisor, a part-time guy to turn the composting piles, and four drivers who come and go. You’ll also find Tim down there some days, checking on the operation. Also involved is Tim’s brother Russ and their parents as well as Melia’s mom, who’s official job title is “Chief Babysitter.” (For pictures of the composting facility, check out my previous post about Greenco Environmental.) […]

  2. […] :: http://GreencoEnvironmental.com :: read more about Greenco Environmental’s local, commercial composting operation here in Georgia! And meet Melia Lesko, one of the duo behind the […]



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