Compost station up and running

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County > Pick up samples at PEEC’s Earth Day celebration Saturday

By Arin McKenna

Contrary to what the late winter weather would have us believe, it is spring, and as temperatures warm up this weekend it may be tempting to run to the nursery and begin planting. But with New Mexico’s unpredictable weather, experts advise holding off until at least mid-May for anything other than seeds.
So bypass the nursery and head to the Eco Station for a load of compost to start prepping your soil. Los Alamos County’s new composting facility has just received state certification and its first batch of compost is ready to go.
The new facility is located at the old wastewater treatment plant in Bayo Canyon. The entire operation sits in a lined retention pond.
“Basically, nothing can leave it. Anything that has active sludge on it will be contained on this pad, so it can’t leach into the groundwater and go anywhere else,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton.
The process of making mulch actually starts in residents’ backyards.
“We need organic waste, woody waste, to sustain this operation. We need people to start using paper yard bags instead of plastic bags so we can use that to compost. That’s why we’re asking people to put yard waste in paper bags,” Shelton said.

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