Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 10, 2013

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Santa Fe, N.M., and Partner Start Food Waste Pilot Program

The city of Santa Fe, N.M., is partnering with a local company to start a pilot food waste collection program.

The city’s Environmental Services Division said in a news release that the program will allow local restaurants and the food establishments of hotels to contract with the non-profit Reunity Resources to collect and transfer their separated food waste to a local composting facility.

Payne’s Organic Soil Yard will accept the food scraps and process them into compost, which Payne’s will sell.

The city will lease bins to Reunity Resources. The company will collect the material for a fee and provide employee education. All food waste will be accepted.

As a non-profit, Reunity Resources will need to raise additional funds to purchase the equipment necessary to launch the program.

The program supports Santa Fe’s goal of a zero waste community, it said. The city provides residential curbside recycling and commercial recycling at reduced rates to encourage recycling.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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