Agromin, the green recycler for more than 50 communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange counties, recycled 366,800 tons of green material from residents and businesses in 2009. The amount recycled was a 21 percent increase over 2008 when 302,139 tons were recycled.
Green material, primarily grass clippings, leaves, trees, brush and wood, is collected and delivered to Agromin's recycling facilities. Non-green items (i.e., plastics, bottles, paper) are removed before the material is chopped and composted into soil products. The process takes about 60 days. The soil products are then distributed to growers, landscapers and consumers.
"The soil is made using an all-natural process," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin's CEO. "We speed up composting by constantly turning and watering the green waste, but it's still the tiny microorganisms in the material that do all the work. The result is clean, healthy soil."
Agromin operations and soil products have won numerous awards. Last year, it was named "Composter of the Year' by the U.S. Composting Council (USCC). It was also honored in 2009 with the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) 2009 Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award. Agromin compost is listed by the non-profit Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) so it can be used to produce certified organic products in accordance to the USDA National Organic Program standards.
"Our sustainable system keeps waste out of landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions," says Camarillo. "The increased amount of green materials collected in 2009 is a positive indication that more and more residents and businesses are joining in the effort."
Agromin soil products are sold in bulk and in bags at locations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange and Los Angeles counties. Products are also available online at www.agromin.com.
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