Gardnerville business focuses on recycling
September 25, 2016
Nevada falls way behind when it comes to recycling, but one local business is doing their part to change that.
Full Circle Soils and Compost have been in business since 1995, and they do everything they can to recycle, compost and turn old scraps into a useful product.
"We recycle 25,000 cubic yards of organic material a year," said Operations Manager, and Strategic Everything Cody Witt. "That's roughly 1,000 garbage trucks worth of organic material."
The reason behind composting organic materials is that it gets the items out of the landfill and creates a useful product instead.
“We want to keep stuff out of the landfill and be a role model in Nevada. We need you to care.”Cody Witt
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"We recycle and make it into products that help people grow in Nevada," said Witt.
Full Circle Soils and Compost sells things like nutrient rich garden soil, potting mix, fire resistant wood mulch and a punch, which is essentially a probiotic for the plants made by worms.
The products have proven to work, and help things grow in Nevada's climate.
"We try to make it easy for people. Plant, water, watch it grow," said Witt. "Let us do the science for you."
The family owned and operated business wants to promote happy and healthy growing in a state that they have lived for five generations.
"Not one other soil related company really understands what Nevada soils want and need," said Witt.
The company has worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, and local farmers who have seen an increase in things like hay.
Full Circle Soils and Compost contracts commercially from the Forest Service, farmers and Walmart.
Walmart is one of the only food providers that composts, because they have a corporate rule that states they must compost if there is a facility within 50 miles.
In California, they have a goal that by 2020, 75 percent of all garbage can't go to the landfill, but Nevada only recommends 25 percent.
"We get a big fat F in recycling," said Witt. "We can do something that helps Nevada give back to the soil."
By composting landscaping materials and food materials, Witt said that not only will it help keep the landfill less full but it will also help produce products that are favorable to plants in the area.
"We want to keep stuff out of the landfill and be a role model in Nevada," said Witt. "We need you to care."
The composting process takes about 10 weeks, and includes things like pine needles, wild mustang manure and grass clippings.
Witt is hopeful that Nevada will pick up the pace and legislation will allow for more composting.
Right now, the law doesn't allow for Witt to pick up composting materials from individuals, only commercially, but he does get a lot of compost in Lake Tahoe including the entire Heavenly Village.
"What our main deal is that we need people to be excited about it," said Witt. "We need the government to get behind recycling efforts."
Food waste is considered garbage in Nevada, and since it can't be picked up it may seem like an inconvenience to many residents because there is no incentive.
Witt hopes that Douglas County and the towns of Minden and Gardnerville will look at what they can do to help increase recycling and composting efforts.