City of San Antonio
What began as a pilot program with the City of San Antonio quickly become a city-wide program……and a partnership with New Earth was created.
With a vision of the future, the City of San Antonio embarked on 10- year recycling and a recovery plan which went hand-in-hand with a “Cause” of the much anticipated SA2020 Community Vision. Within both documents, diverting material from landfills played an instrumental role in the future of San Antonio. Enter New Earth, a family owned & operated business headquartered in the River City with 2 additional branches in the Greater Houston area.
Established on 120 acres, New Earth won a competitive bid process to partner with the City of San Antonio to be the destination of food scraps, yard clippings, and other organics. With New Earth serving as the processing center for all the organic material pickup by the City of San Antonio, the City is well on its way to meeting its goal of reducing material sent to landfills by 60% by the year 2020, and direction by SA2020. This is music to the ears of many city and community leaders as the Environmental Protection Agency has indicated that 20-30% of landfill content is organic material. The EPA also indicated that the landfills the city depends on may be full in 70 years, according to state estimates.
New Earth is committed to this partnership and has undertaken large renovations at it San Antonio location to be sure to handle the organic material city trucks have begun delivering. This partnership has created excitement throughout San Antonio, as The Rivard Report recently quoted David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent who oversees the Bexar County Master Gardener program, “…It’s a good program. If you really break it down dollar-to-dollar and the two standard trash cans can be retrofitted with smaller ones that will save residents money, everybody wins.”
San Antonio Water System
The partnership between New Earth and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is a great example of a mutually beneficial agreement which benefits the great city of San Antonio.
For more than six years, New Earth and SAWS have partnered to recycle more than 65,000 tons of bio-solids annually to generate compost to improve soil quality for professional landscaper and the weekend gardeners.
As the preeminent company in the organics recycling industry in our region, New Earth has worked hard to become a trusted partner with SAWS and we look forward to continuing to work together for many years to come.
City of Conroe
The City of Conroe, Texas and New Earth, Conroe, have entered into a partnership which is sure to benefit BOTH organizations.
Located within a “hop, skip and a jump,” New Earth’s second location in Texas is ready to provide an invaluable service for an outstanding organization, City of Conroe, to the betterment of the community. According to the City of Conroe’s Annual Budget for 2013-2014, the City has big plans for diverting biosolid materials from the surrounding landfills. For 2013-2014, Conroe is intending to ”process and dispose of approximately 9,000 cubic yards of Municipal Biosolids.” The beneficiary chosen to process this material is “neighbor” New Earth. New Earth was recently chosen to begin the disposal of biosolids at their local facility and create waste solutions for future generations.
Borden Milk and New Earth
What does one do with tons of spent tea bags? Well, if you are Borden Milk, you partner with New Earth!!
With landfills growing and taking up more and more space, according to texasenvironment.org, Texas alone has 12 landfills more than 200 feet tall. This partnership has found an ingenious way to divert compostable materials.
Together, Borden Milk supplies a typically discarded materiel (spent tea bags) to New Earth, who in turn uses said material to produce a product which will increase nitrogen levels in soil products. This increase in nitrogen helps the soil become a much more attractive meal to earthworms, who in turn help create a better composting product. TEAM WORK at its finest.
Vegetable and Fruit Recycling programs
From time to time, area Food Banks have vegetables and fruits donated, that are not used distributed in time, or are about to spoil. At times like these, through partnerships with New Earth, those foods are put to good use.
Fruits and vegetables play an important role in the composting process.
To begin, and complete, the composting process, four main parts are needed; organic matter (fruits and vegetables) moisture, oxygen, and bacteria. Although other items can be used as organic matter, through partnerships with area Food Banks, the use fruits, and vegetables can be counted on to bear “fruitful” organic compost.