CERO was started by a collaboration between a group of community residents who are active with The Boston Workers Alliance (BWA) and the MassCOSH (Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health) Immigrant Workers Center, with intention to bring together African American and Latino immigrant communties to develop a worker-owned cooperative that will provide waste management and recycling services to local businesses. Its longer range plan is to utilize vacant land in Roxbury/Dorchester to build an Eco-park that will be a model for a closed loop food system: growing food, turning food waste into compost and using compost to grow food. The final stage of their vision is to build a community-owned and operated anaerobic digester to create renewable energy for the community from the food waste they collect from customers. CERO is built to create good green jobs in the environmental stewardship industries and to be part of transforming our solidarity economy. Currently, CERO has raised two-thirds of its capital costs and is seeking support for the remainder.
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