Melissa Tashijan

Melissa Tashijan

Founder of Compost Crusader

About Melissa Tashijan

Melissa Tashjian (Tash-in) is a Chicago-area native who’s interested in recycling piqued at a young age. Since moving to Wisconsin over 15 years ago, Melissa has followed that interest and become one of the leading stakeholders in Milwaukee’s composting industry. From her start developing a community composting non-profit in Milwaukee, now known as Kompost Kids, to graduating from the Master Composter Program at UW-extension, to starting her own small business as a compost hauler and educator, Melissa has long been a champion of sustainability and waste diversion.

She is President and Founder of Compost Crusader, a small business that collects organic waste from schools, homes, restaurants and businesses transporting it to compost sites in southeastern, WI. Compost Crusader works to create a culture around sustainability by making composting available at home, at work and at school to help instill habit forming behaviors.