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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
wwww.gainesville.com
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140410/ARTICLES/140419991?p=1&tc=pg


Thank you,
Luiza Costa
Undergraduate Intern
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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