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Company recycles landscape waste

Posted: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Agromin, an Oxnard-based organic material recycler, announced this week that it has formed a partnership with Stay Green to recycle and reuse the yard and landscape clippings collected by Stay Green for reuse in landscaping projects.

Stay Green Inc. produces a lot of green waste as a byproduct of its landscaping work, said Chris Angelo, president and CEO. Agromin recycles the material, turning it into compost, mulch and soil enhancements, and Stay Green reintroduces it back into the landscape, he said.

Working with 50 California cities, Agromin reports that it converts nearly 380,000 tons of recycled organic material annually. The process allows landscapers and farmers to save water.

The organic matter acts like a sponge, Angelo said. It absorbs moisture and reduces watering needs. And, it also acts as a weed suppressant, he said.

Using the recycled material also reduces soil depletion and green-house gases, according to Agromin. And it decreases the need for oil-based fertilizers and chemicals. When the landscape clippings are taken to a landfill to decompose on top of other trash and debris, Angelo said, the clippings can’t absorb the carbon dioxide and, in fact, can produce carbon dioxide.

The landscaping company will begin a pilot program in Ventura County by installing recycling bins. Agromin will then clean, grind and compost the materials at its facility in Oxnard for use at Stay Green’s projects.

“Ventura County is where our pilot program will take place because of the proximity to one of Agromin’s primary recycling sites,” says Michael Cardona, business developer for Stay Green in Ventura County. “We’ll then expand the program to Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley.”

The company also saves money, Angelo said, because it reduces transportation costs for hauling its waste off and sets up a one-stop recycling loop.

“In one stop, we bring green waste to their facility,” Angelo said. “And at the same time we pick up a container with the recycled organic material.”

“Stay Green’s sustainability effort is an example of how companies are moving toward zero waste output by closing the recycling loop,” says Bill Camarillo, president and CEO of Agromin. “Businesses see their zero waste efforts as making a positive impact on the environment. They also view waste as a potential resource. When they reduce and reuse their green waste, they can save money for themselves and their customers.”




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