Recently there has been some talk about starting a compost collection system in Milwaukee as part of the Victory Garden Initiative and therefor under the banner of transitioning. Part (half?) of the money collected for the pick up fee would be for the VGI and the other half for those who pick up and deliver the compost. I would be thrilled to see this started and essentially start collecting myself. I don't own a car, but own a sturdy touring bike and see no problem in bike collection. The idea is to get restaurants (and possibly homeowners) interested in paying a small fee for a scheduled pick-up of waste that could be composted and would otherwise be sent to the dump.
My idea with the micro-loan is to have one or more persons donating part of the amount needed for a trailer (I would provide as much as I could at the time) so that it would be possible to start this project sooner than later. I work two part-time jobs, but it still takes me a while to save for the cost of one trailer. There are some restaurants who are already willing to pay if they have a reliable pick-up day. If anyone is interested in helping to start this project, please send me a message. I have come across someone in Chicago who builds heavy duty trailers from all recycled materials (except the nuts and bolts) and is willing to keep the costs reasonable since he likes what it's being used for.
An example of this being a successful operation can be found at http://pedalpeople.com/index.php?page=2