Borderlands Food Bank supports community based composting programs


What is Compost?

Compost is the end product of decomposition: It is part of the earth’s biological cycle of growth and decay. Organic materials, fruit and vegetables scraps, leaves, grass clippings, twigs, coffee grinds, etc., break down (thanks to the help of microorganisms, oxygen, and water) into dark, loose crumbly material that resembles rich soil.

What are the Benefits of Compost?

Compost offers many benefits. It is best known for providing plants with much needed nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and a host of other micronutrients such as calcium and magnesium. In addition,compost provides increased water retention, improved air circulation, protection against diseases and pests, and moderates soil pH (which makes nutrients in the soil more readily available to the plants.)

Read what Yolanda Soto, CEO of Borderlands and Micaella Webb, University of Arizona student and worker for Compost Cats share about regional composting efforts with Arizona Sonora News Service….

“A lot of food waste is happening in the transit process,” says Micaela Webb a University of Arizona 9203392students, works with one of our Recycling partners, Compost Cats a University of Arizona student and worker for the Compost Cats, a student group that collects food waste and scraps from the city of Tucson, composts it and turns it into soil. “If they look at a semi-truck and deem that more than 10 percent of the food will be bad before the time it reaches its destination, they throw the whole of the truck — all the contents— away.”

The Borderlands Food Bank works with the distribution companies at its warehouse in Nogales to take the produce and give it to people who need it. The food bank has set up a program throughout southern Arizona, Tucson and Phoenix, called Produce on Wheels – With Out Waste. (P.O.W. W.O.W.). It’s like a farmer’s market that runs on donations. Anyone can come and contribute $10 to shop for up to 60 pounds of produce.

Yolanda Soto, the chief executive officer and president of Borderlands Food Bank, said on Friday Oct. 7 that progress has been made in coping with food waste.

“For us it really went down because we were able to distribute a lot of it through the P.O.W. W.O.W program and the majority that we were not able to, that perished, went to animal feed this year.” Read the whole article here.

We love that schools and other non-profits are developing innovative community based composting programs. We are happy to be able to partner with schools, agencies and ranchers through our Recycling Program. Sign up as our partner here.

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