TruCycle partners want to turn garbage to green

Where others see garbage, this team sees green.

As part of a class project, Irina Matyukhina, Erwin Tejos Jr., Fabianne Pompee and Keyla Castillo created a business plan for organic waste composting.

They earned an A — and they also went on to win The Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge FIU Track for TruCycle, an organic-waste collection, composting and consulting firm that would also include an education center.

“We really wanted to do something environmentally friendly,” Matyukhina said. “When Erwin presented the idea, we all agreed right away because we are all very passionate about the environment, especially after we started looking up the statistics about the trash that is recycled in Miami-Dade — very little.”

For instance, in 2008, Miami-Dade County produced more than half a million tons of organic waste, but only 24 percent was recycled, demonstrating the need for TruCycle and the potential for growth, said Castillo, who is graduating in December with a management degree.

For the project, the team members assessed their interests and skill sets and divided up the departments this way: Matyukhina was in charge of industry analysis; Tejos was all about the science, technology and logistics; Pompee was the accountant; and Castillo took on marketing strategy.

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