compost

Seeking Consensus on Composting

Apr 25, 2017

Sonoma County has been without a local composting operation for a year and a half. And it will be at least twice that long before a new one can get started. But the process is inching forward.

 When commercial composting was introduced in Sonoma County, roughly 20 years ago, by Sonoma Compost, the pioneering local operation was widely studied and imitated, recalls Patrick Carter, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency.

Returning Commercial Composting to Sonoma County

Dec 12, 2016

The process of setting up a new composting operation in Sonoma is finally taking its first steps. But in the meantime, both residents and compost users are paying significantly more.

Composting’s Cloudy Future in Sonoma County

May 29, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From modest beginnings in the 1990s, commercial composting in Sonoma County has grown into a sizable enterprise, one that has been embraced by both consumers and farmers. But with big changes about to kick in, the future of composting here is uncertain.

  Alan Siegle, co-owner of Sonoma Compost, recalls how they had to persuade county supervisors to launch the operation more than 20 years ago.

County Landfill Prepapres for Composting Move

Nov 20, 2014
Sonoma Compost

  When composting operations were added to the Sonoma County Landfill, on Meacham Road west of Cotati, the location was going to be temporary. It still is, so the process of redesigning a new, permanent composting facility is now underway—one that’s going to be significantly different from the old one.

The new composting site will at a different location within the existing landfill property. An Environmental Impact Study for it is currently being drafted.

The surprising fate of compostable plastic

Nov 27, 2012

Where do compostable plastic forks and knives go to die? It’s not where you’d think. In past few years compostable plastics, synthesized from plants, have exploded on to the market. But are they are not as green as they seem. KRCB’s Danielle Venton reports.