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December 3, 2013
City Partners with Reunity Resources to Recycle Food Waste

Local Restaurants and Hotels Encouraged to Participate

 Payne’s Organic Soil Yard Will Process Waste into Nutrient Rich Compost

 The City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division, in partnership with Reunity Resources, will begin a pilot food waste collection program. The program will allow local restaurants and hotels (food establishments) to contract with 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 nutrient rich compost. This compost will then be available for purchase from Payne’s. The City continues to work on goals for sustainability and waste diversion, and this program supports the goal of a zero-waste community. The City Environmental Services Division already provides residential curbside recycling and commercial recycling at reduced rates to encourage and grow the city’s recycling program and boost diversion goals. 

Reunity Resources is a non-profit organization in the City of Santa Fe and was a successful partner in the City’s Economic Development program known as the Velocity Project, a program designed to help grow local small businesses. Some of the details include:

  • Bins will be leased to Reunity Resources from the City, they are 64 gallon green refuse collection bins;
  • Procedures – Reunity Resources provides the bins, and will collect them for a fee, and provide employee education. Individual establishment procedures will vary dependent upon logistics of the establishment;
  • All food waste will be accepted, no grease as a separate waste, and yes can mix vegetables with meat, bones etc.

As a non-profit, Reunity Resources will need to raise additional funds to purchase the equipment necessary to launch the program. For more information or to support these efforts, please call Reunity Resources at 505-629-0836 or at www.ReunityResources.com.

 

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