A recent press release from Waste Management and the Atlantis states that in 2012 the casino resort was able to beat their goals for food waste recycling through composting:
“Atlantis diverted 1,500 yards of food waste material, exceeding their goal by 56 percent. Through this program, food scraps and other organic material were separated and diverted from the traditional waste stream, and processed into compost.”
This is a great accomplishment and just the beginning for the recycling of organic materials through composting in the Northern Nevada area! The ability for businesses to make a difference in a state that has yet to set up standardized recycling regulations is very commendable. It shows the initiative and drive of sustainable companies to make a difference.
All of the materials that were separated by the Atlantis Casino were sent to Full Circle Compost by Waste Management. Full Circle Compost operates in the capital of Nevada, Carson City. Full Circle Compost has been in operation for over 25 years recycling organic materials and turning them into high quality natural fertilizers and mulches. In 2012, Full Circle Compost, with the help of Waste Management, the Atlantis, South Tahoe Refuse, and many other local Northern Nevada companies was able to process almost 4,000 yards of food waste. Other businesses that compost with Full Circle include: the Peppermill Casino, Whole Foods, Wal-mart, Costco, Campo restaurant, Odwalla, Embassy Suites, and many others.
Hopefully in the near future, every business in the Northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area will have the option to recycle their food waste. Food waste is only one part. Just imagine if every business and home could send their grass clippings and landscape materials to Full Circle Compost rather than be sent to the landfill.
Let’s keep pushing organics recycling forward and keep up the good work!