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Save our local organic composting facility

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For more than 25 years, Sonoma County has operated its own local, organic composting facility. We divert more than 100,000 tons of material each year from landfills, all while making our soils, plants and food healthier without toxic chemicals, reducing the water needed for our local farms and creating good, local jobs.

Now, a small group of adjacent property owners have filed a lawsuit, pressuring county supervisors to shut down local composting in Sonoma County. Not only would our County would lose a valuable resource, but hundreds of tons of yard debris will need to be trucked daily to multiple facilities out of the county.

Imagine the irony: the locally-grown food we all love will require imported compost to be grown!

Farmers, environmentalists and backyard gardeners are now coming together to keep this from happening. We can save our local composting facility, but we need your help.

THE DETAILS:

The composting facility has been operating on a temporary site while the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency works to develop a new facility. The temporary site has a pond designed to capture water that runs off from the composting facility – but during heavy rains the pond is not big enough and it overflows.

The county says an additional pond must be built by October 1, 2015 or it will shut down ALL composting operations at the site. But objections raised by attorneys for the property owners makes that deadline impossible.

But there is another way to protect local composting AND protect our environment: Instead of shutting down the facility entirely, the county can simply order a temporary reduction in the amount of material composted until the new facility can be built. That way, local composting can continue and the risk of compost water overflows will be eliminated.

We ask that the Board of Supervisors and the Waste Management Agency:

1. Allow a compost site footprint reduction that achieves zero discharge with the existing pond

2. Remove the requirement that an additional pond be built by October 1st

3. Assure that any such agreement would continue until a new site is selected and developed.

4. Maintain regional compost operations. If this facility is shut down, it is unlikely that any compost operation will ever be developed in the county.

5. Continue efforts to find a new site facility, and pursue other options to maintain county composting operations.



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