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Agromin-Houweling's New Sustainable Program Diverts 2,000 Tons of Green Material From Landfills
A new sustainable organics program by Houweling's Nurseries & Agromin has diverted 2,156 tons of organic material from Houweling's greenhouse operations to Agromin's renewable organics facility to be recycled into compost, mulch & soil amendments.
From January 1 through March 31, 2011, Agromin processed leaves, vines, coco fiber and tomatoes from Houweling's, which produces hydroponically-
The 2,156 tons of waste would have otherwise found its way into landfills. By processing the materials into soil amendments that are then used locally by farmers, landscapers and gardeners, 367 tons of methane were kept from entering the atmosphere (an equivalent of 6,992 tons of CO2 emissions).
"To put it into perspective,"
The sustainable organics program is part of Houweling's efforts to become a zero waste company. In addition to repurposing its organic materials, the company uses solar energy and thermal heat collecting to provide sustainable energy and heat. Its water recirculation system recaptures, filters and re-circulates its water.
"From our perspective,"
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Agromin is an Oxnard, Calif.-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more than 50 Southern California communities.