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Subject:

Gainesville Compost turns food scraps into black gold

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:09:32 -0400

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Gainesville Compost turns food scraps into black gold.
Gainesville, Sun, March 27, 2013.
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130327/ARTICLES/130329556

"Chris Cano and Steven Kanner cycle through Gainesville regularly,
collecting garbage that they turn into gold.  Black gold, that is.

It's a term some gardeners use when referring to compost, and it's
created by mixing the right amount of brown material, such as dried
leaves, with green material, such as plant-based food scraps.

The result is nutrient-rich, dark, fluffy dirt that their business,
Gainesville Compost, sells as "Soil Food."

During the recent Alachua County Local Food Week, Gainesville Compost
offered a free trial of its food-scrap collection service to local
restaurants.   Fourteen restaurants signed up, joining the company's 13
existing customers. Of the 14 businesses in the trial, three decided to
keep using the service.

Kanner calculated that during the event, from Feb. 9 to 16, Gainesville
Compost's trial diverted 1,572 pounds of waste from the landfill.

In general, the company collects the trimmings from fruits and
vegetables before they're cooked, as well as eggshells and spent coffee
grounds.

Cano, 25, started Gainesville Compost in 2011, with a simple mission: To
turn waste into food.

Cano said being responsible about waste is one incentive for people to
use his service, since it gives businesses an easy opportunity to reduce
the amount of waste that goes into the landfill. That reduction not only
allows businesses to gain "green street cred," as he calls it, but it
could also lead to a reduction   in waste-removal costs (if the business
is able to divert enough compostable material that it can use a smaller
trash container for actual trash).

The company used to offer the collection service for free but started
charging last summer.

Cano partnered with Kanner, an environmental science student, in
October. Kanner, 21, also owns Kanner Karts, which builds the bike
trailers the two use to collect the scraps and deliver the compost.

Kanner said the composting produces a high-quality soil amendment that
the company sells at the Union Street Farmers Market and via bike
delivery for $32 per 5-gallon bucket, enough for around 50 plants."

Read the complete article at:
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130327/ARTICLES/130329556

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
P.O. Box 110960                         E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
______________________________________________________________________
Campus location: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Bldg. 246).
http://campusmap.ufl.edu/
______________________________________________________________________
BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Society
http://grove.ufl.edu/~bests/

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