Saturday, January 15, 2011

C and D Recycling

Soilutions, Inc., a compost facility and organics recycler in the South Valley of Albuquerque, will stop accepting construction lumber as of March 30 2011.

Due to the high cost of processing, long labor hours cleaning the material of contaminates, and a lack of end market for the finished product, we are forced to stop receiving construction lumber from many LEED new construction projects. This will affect nearly twenty contractors and at least two major haulers. We currently accept about 3000 cubic yards a month.

Until we can find a market for the finished material, there just isn't any financial reason to keep accepting it.

Materials range from coarsely ground chunks to uniformly screened mulches. Some of the finished products meet the NMDOT specifications for mulch and mulch logs and are on the state's approved product list. Many are competitively priced.

Uses for the material include decorative mulch for the urban gardener, erosion control, SWPPP implementation, and NMDOT applications.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

New Worm Bin

I know I am a compost dork. I had a real reminder of that this last week.

I am moving into a new apartment. What do you think I set up first? The shower curtain? The computer table? No. I saw that I needed a recycling center first. Moving generates a lot of trash, or I should say it generates a lot of unwanted discards: paper from unpacking, cardboard from the new coffee maker, coffee filter, the paperboard six pack holder, orange peels, etc.

Here is a picture of my simple worm bin.

It's just a 5 gal. bucket with some worms and bedding at the bottom and various organic discards thrown on top. As it dries out, I pour undrunk coffee (a rarity I can assure you), and used dish water. The bulky cardboard I hope will be compressed as more material gets dumped on top.

As you can see, nothing fancy, but it erases the constant chagrin I have when faced with throwing away perfectly good waste.

Moving is usually a time of reflection. A chance to change things that I've always wanted to change but couldn't find the time to do so. I have a long road ahead to make an environmentally healthy living area out of my new small apartment, but at least I got the important thing out of the way.