OXNARD, CALIF.--Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products and one of the state's largest green materials recycling companies, was honored with the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) 2009 Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award. The award was presented at the August 4 CRRA annual conference in Rancho Mirage.
Agromin was one of 10 government agencies and private sector companies honored for their innovative recycling programs. Specifically, the CRRA Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award is given to the business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has shown excellence in the production, marketing and utilization of organic materials.
In 1990, California passed Assembly Bill 939, mandating all cities and counties to divert 50 percent of their waste from landfills by 2000. Since then, many jurisdictions have adopted "Zero Waste" goals. “Each year it is great to see the amazing programs that we have going on in the state," says Julie Muir, CRRA president. "Between the initiatives of local government, federal agencies, nonprofits, individuals and small private businesses, it’s no wonder California is a leader in resource conservation, and well on its way toward Zero Waste.”
"Agromin is instrumental in helping cities comply with the AB 939 mandate," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. Each year, the company receives and processing over 300,000 tons of organics (green waste, wood waste, food and other waste) that would have otherwise ended up in landfills producing greenhouse gas emissions. "While many businesses accept organic waste, few specialize in the sustainable processing, managing, recycling and marketing of the materials as we do," notes Camarillo.
Agromin offers green materials diversion services to waste haulers, landfills and municipalities and then converts the diverted organics into more than 200 types of sustainable products including compost, mulch and soil amendments for consumers, municipalities, agriculture and landscapers. It processes more than 300,000 tons of materials a year from more than 50 communities in California. In January, Agromin was named "Composter of the Year" by the U.S. Composting Council.
The CRRA is the largest and oldest affiliate recycling organization in the country. Founded in 1974, CRRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to resource conservation through the practices of reuse, recycling and composting. It works to expand markets for recycled materials and promote sustainable materials policies. Its members belong to every facet of the industry – nonprofits, waste haulers, recyclers, state, federal and local government officials, and recycled product manufactures.
For more information about Agromin, go to www.agromin.com. For information about CRRA, go to http://www.crra.com.
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