Food waste composted into nutrient rich soil
By News Channel 8's Chris Velardi
Posted September 18, 2008
It's time for the weekly pick-up at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. A truck is coming for a specific type of trash -- the 'food waste' from Choate's cafeteria.
"We measured it for a couple of meals and we said, okay, one meal was 170 pounds of food," Katrina Linthorst Homan, of Choate Rosemary Hall, said. "And what does that mean if it's all year long?"
It means the school throws out about a ton of food a week.
"For a lifetime, it's been trash," Andy Bozzuto, of Global Environmental Services, said. "But, to be quite honest with you, we could look at it as commodities in the mix -- that's all."
It is a commodity to Andy Bozzuto who's been in the trash business for 45 years.
His company -- Global Environmental Services -- picks up the food waste from schools like Choate, Yale University, and others. And, it takes it to a plant in New Milford where it's 'composted' -- turning the trash into a type of treasure.
It's becomes a nutrient-rich soil favored by organic farmers.
"Because of the food waste, that's composted and the process that they take to do it, it becomes high in nutrients," Bozzuto said.
So how does a guy who's been a lifelong trash hauler know so much about nutrient-rich soil? Why does he care so much? Well, it turns out that Bozzuto, and his brothers, also have a family farm.
Bozzuto says it's a better way of looking at trash -- recycling coming full-circle.
"We're pulling this food waste out of the waste stream. We're composting it into a product that's needed for the organic farming side of it," Bozzuto said. And, being a little more green in the process.
The New Milford company that composts the food waste is currently the only facility that is licensed to do that in Connecticut.