Brooklyn entrepreneur aims to prevent waste with composting business

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A Brooklyn entrepreneur is trying to make a difference through composting. 

Experts say the average New Yorker throws away close to 25 pounds of trash each week

Vandra Thorburn is often called the "compost queen." 

She's the founder of Vokashi, a company she started eight years ago working with families and small businesses to take their food scraps and through composting use it to enrich soil. 

She says her biggest customer is the Marine Park Golf Course, which uses hundreds of pounds of fertilized compost each month to improve the quality of the grounds. 

"We leave things in the pit for 3 to 4 months to naturally, I say naturally, decompose. Our unique composting method is that we do everything underground," says Thorburn.

She says her love of composting comes from her passion for the environment and preventing waste from going into already packed landfills. 

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