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2005 Earth Day Celebrations to Continue Zero Waste Composting

Title2005 Earth Day Celebrations to Continue Zero Waste Composting
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-04-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #114 - "Zero Waste Composting" (Air Date: April 26, 2005). David Friedman from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Craig Witt from Full Circle Compost discuss how changes in materials production and composting practice are diverting waste from being dumped in the landfill.
Compost -- Environmental aspects
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A114: Zero Waste Composting Air Date: April 26, 2005 Tease @ 24:49 "Earth Day in the Tahoe Truckee region has now come full circle. All of the green waste developed at this year's Earth Day is going to be brought here to Full Circle Compost. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll tell you what it's all about coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: This year marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day. Last Saturday, Earth Day festivities were held in South Lake Tahoe, and this Saturday another celebration is planned at Squaw Valley. This year's Earth Day events at Lake Tahoe are "zero waste." Shelly Purdy explains what that means in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) These windrows are compost in the making. The rows are a mixture of manure, yard waste, wood and clay. After about ten weeks of daily turning and lots of care…the compost is ready to go back out into the garden. ((s/u @ 24:18 Shelly Purdy)) "One of the first steps in the composting process is to chip all the large materials like wood into very fine pieces. Those fine pieces then go into the composting piles." ((track 2)) And, this year, all the thrown-out food and food containers generated at the two Tahoe Truckee Earth Day events will also go into the grinder. ((sot @ 8:34 David Friedman, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection)) "In the last few years, they've begun to use corn as a base for making a plastic type material called PLA and this is an example of it…cups, salad bowls." ((track 3)) Those cups and food containers are fully compostable…which doesn't mean they'll be reused as cups and containers again. Rather, they'll decompose in the composting piles and be reused in another form. ((sot @ 17:16 Craig Witt, Full Circle Compost)) "What we'll do is break them down using a microbial workforce. These are little single-celled organisms, predominantly aerobic organisms, that take this and disassemble it and break it back down into a substance called humus." ((track 4)) The compost made here at Full Circle is used mostly in local agricultural farms. It adds nutrients to the soil and keeps waste products like those cups and plastic containers from ending up in the landfill. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: This composting program has been going at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day events for the past two years. In that time, organizers say they have diverted some 2-thousand tons of waste from being dumped in the landfill.

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