Bobcat Blend Awarded
Bobcat Blend is a student organization under the dept. of Agriculture at Texas State. This student-run composting operation has been honored with the 2013-2014 TxSWANA Finest Award for solid waste management .TxSWANA is the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).
Bobcat Blend started as an organization in 2006. Kevin Walsh, graduate student from Texas State and manager at Bobcat Blend Composite says that in 2009 Bobcat Blend initially began collecting food waste.
“In 2009 we began receiving food waste from cafeterias such as the commons and LBJ lair, so we’ve been going on for seven years now and its been an outlet for several grad students to do their research.”
– Kevin Walsh
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Bobcat Blend diverted 80.4 tons of food waste from the landfill to produce a quality soil amendment. The food waste collected on campus is used to create compost to be sold or used back on campus or in the community.
“This year we are projecting 160 tons and this is food waste and also organic materials that were collected from spring lake and other few spots.”
– Kevin Walsh
The annual Solid Waste Management Awards are designed to recognize Texas communities and institutions for planning and implementing programs that enhance environmental quality through increased recycling.
Bobcat blend was awarded Wednesday April 8 in Austin during the annual TxSWANA conference.
Robert Nunez, KTSW News