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Composting conundrum in Los Alamos County

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It’s just a hunch, but I bet everyone reading this column has driven by the intersection of East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road and caught a whiff of the county’s composting operation.  
Depending on the day, and your past olfactory experiences, you may find the smell to be an assault on your nostrils.  
Personally, I think it is a pleasant earthy scent that symbolizes the transformation of waste into a valued commodity. But, that seems to be a minority view.  
The Los Alamos County Council and public in general have made it clear that the creation of a sustainable community is important, and composting is one initiative that greatly increases the sustainability of our community.  
Composting promotes waste reduction through the recycling of organic materials and leads to reduced landfill and transport emissions.
Yet, current composting operations in Los Alamos County have been suspended and the future of the program is uncertain as a result of landfill closure and other issues, including those pesky odors.        


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