Toxic Soil Busters

Toxic Soil Busters (TSB) is a youth-run worker cooperative, currently employing 10 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 in Main South and Piedmont. Toxic Soil Busters work year-round offering soil testing, lead-safe landscaping services, outreach services, video production, and training.

TSB was founded in 2006 by Janice and Sam, two high school students who wanted to create jobs for themselves making Worcester more environmentally just. During a brainstorm with an adult mentor, Toxic Soil Busters was born. TSB is built on the principles of a cooperative workplace. There are no bosses, and the group emphasizes peer leadership, youth empowerment, and opportunities for experienced youth to grow into new positions as they get older.

Toxic Soil Busters do multi-faceted community outreach which involves video production, skits, games, live music written by the youth, poetry and art to educate the community about lead and environmental justice. In 2008, TSB completed their first short video documentary, Toxic Soil… WHAT?! which will be part of the Adobe Youth Voices Project, “Beyond Green”. The team is currently working on a video training series on youth empowerment and leadership in the workplace as they continue their work to make Worcester lead safe.

An awesome short youth-produced video, by TSB about TSB:

Check out this short video, made by our video guru Sergio, about TSB’s accomplishments in 2009:

To get in touch with TSB for soil testing, landscaping design, or more information about soil remediation and safety, please contact info@worcesterroots.org, 508-343-0872 (0TSB), or 508-343-0034 (00EJ).

For teenagers from Worcester looking for a position in the co-op, download the application form HERE (PDF) and follow the instructions on the form.