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Community Composting Center Opens Downtown Des Moines

DSM Brew Coffee Co. and Homes 4 My Peeps are excited to launch the Community Composting Center™ to kickoff International Compost Awareness Week. A ribbon cutting for the Community Composting Center will be held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:30am with Mayor Frank Cownie and other community leaders.

The Community Compost Center is a free drop off location for residents in downtown Des Moines to leave compostable waste. All waste MUST be bagged in compostable waste bags and left in one of the storage containers. The center is housed in the orange steel storage unit on the patio of DSM Brew at the corner of 3rd and Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy is downtown Des Moines.

Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away and should be composted instead.

“We formed a partnership with Homes 4 My Peeps during our search for sustainable methods to dispose of used coffee in the downtown environment,” said Michael Bowser, Managing Partner of DSM Brew. “H4MP provides a compost collection service that returns compostable waste to Empowerment Gardens in the Des Moines metro. We’re thrilled to open up composting to downtown Des Moines.”

Residents or businesses interested in having their compostable materials picked up directly may contact David Houston with Homes 4 My Peeps at david@homes4mypeeps.org or 515-867-0029.

Breaking the Silence

DSM Brew Coffee Company along with the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Iowa Victim Service Call Center present an evening of education and fellowship. This show will feature an interactive installation that will be continuously updated and displayed throughout the month of April. During the opening reception Friday, April 5th 6:00 – 8:00pm guest speakers Kerri True–Funk with Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Miranda Bader with Iowa Victim Service Call Center will talk about how to break the silence and services that are offered here in Iowa.

Please join us this April and help us break the silence in Des Moines.


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual violence, or any other abuse or crime, call the Iowa Victim Service Call Center at 1.800.770.1650 or text ‘iowahelp’ to 20121.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Equality is at the core of DSM Brew Coffee Co. When starting the company we embraced the charge of Get Woke. If you don’t know, the phrase Get Woke is not something that we created, but is a political term of African American origin which refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social and racial justice.

I believe this process can begin by paying attention to the people around you; paying attention to the decisions we make that impact our coworkers and neighbors, employees and customers. As a community center for business meetings and social gatherings we believe we play a role in this mission as we bring together people representing Des Moines’ diversity.

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