In a unanimous 5-0 vote
on September 15, 2015, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a
zoning change that will enable Agromin to expand its composting facility on
Limoneira Company property near Santa Paula. Agromin, headquartered in Oxnard,
is the food and organic waste composter for cities throughout Ventura County
and its unincorporated areas. Agromin's organic compost and soil products are
used by farmers, landscapers and homeowners.
currently operates at Limoneira on a 15-acre site in an unincorporated portion
of the county. It hopes to increase the size to up to 100 acres. Agromin also
has a 9-acre composting yard in Oxnard near Ormond Beach, but plans to close
the facility once the Santa Paula expansion is complete. Before the expansion
can take place, the new facility must be permitted by the county. The
transition to the larger site is expected to take place in about three years.
a composting location that can handle all of the county's green and food waste
ensures that the county doesn't not have to send its recyclable organic materials
outside the area for composting or have it end up in landfills," says Bill
Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "With new laws coming on the books that reduce how much
cities can place in landfills, Ventura County and its cities will be in great
shape to be in full compliance for years to come."
would process about 300,000 tons of organic material at the expanded site each
year--200,000 tons would be green waste from homes and businesses and 100,000
would be food waste from restaurants and other food service facilities. Once
collected and cleaned, the material is naturally processed into compost and
mulch. Of the processed material, 60 percent will be used by Ventura County
commercial farmers. The rest would be used in residential, commercial and
municipal landscapes. Agromin also plans to capture the gases created by the composting
process and turn it into clean biofuels that can be used by trucks, buses and
County has always been ahead of other counties when it comes to organic waste
recycling and repurposing," says Camarillo. "This is just the latest example."
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