Hello BEST members,
Yesterday, the BEST interns were visited by Sally C. Palmi, the Waste
Management Director for Alachua County. Among many other things, Mrs.
Palmi stated that Alachua County's waste stream is made up of 18%
organics, all of which currently end up in a landfill. A construction
company in Alachua County currently works to ease this problem.
Watson Construction and Demolition is a local company, based in archer,
that works in construction, has their own construction and demolition
landfill, and recycles their materials. In the past couple of years
Watson has also been collecting yard waste from Alachua County residents
to compost and turn into fertilizer. The company is now also collecting
food scraps! The company collects organic waste (fruits, vegetables,
meats, compostable cutlery) from UF game days, Publix, Winn-Dixie,
Wal-Mart, and Sam's Club. These organics are taken to the Watson
facility, ground up, combines with the yard waste, composted for 6
months, then added back to the land as natural fertilizer.
Joseph Flyod, the Zero Waste Coordinator at UF could not have said it
better: "This not only keeps nutrient-rich food waste out of landfills,
but it also eliminates the need to mine for fresh mineral resources for
fertilizers. Compost also increases water retention in soil and helps
reduce nutrient runoff into stormwater systems."
"Company turning Alachua County's scraps into fertilizer"
by: Michael Stone
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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